Headlining Hempfield - Summer 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE: PAGES 5 — 6 The Hempfield of Tomorrow is Being Planned Today

PAGES 7 — 8 Inclusive Playground Takes Shape at Hempfield Park

PAGES 11 — 12 Summer Day Camp, Concerts, and Movie Nights!

PAGES 25 — 27 A Revitalized High School Will Benefit Students, Staff and the Community

PAGES 33 — 34 Many New Programs at the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library


VISION STATEMENT Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors George C. Reese, Chairman greese@hempfieldtwp.org R. Douglas Weimer, Vice-Chairman dougweimer@hempfieldtwp.org Tom Logan, Treasurer tlogan@hempfieldtwp.org Bill Bretz, Supervisor bbretz@hempfieldtwp.org John Silvis, Supervisor jsilvis@hempfieldtwp.org

The Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Staff, and Volunteers will provide for the quality of life and safety of the constituencies they serve. Those constituencies include the residents, business owners, and taxpayers of Hempfield Township. We will maintain and deliver:

• Award winning Parks • Diverse Recreational opportunities • Quality Infrastructure systems • Responsible planned growth and common sense Zoning • Responsive Code Enforcement Department • Active Volunteer Fire Service We will uphold the Public Trust by providing these services in an ethical and cost-effective nature. Always striving to keep Hempfield Township a Great Place to Live, Work, and Raise a Family.

Township Staff

Hempfield Township

Jason M. Winters, Township Manager jwinters@hempfieldtwp.org Douglas J. Cisco, Director of Public Works dcisco@hempfieldtwp.org Lloyd N. Fait, Director of Finance lfait@hempfieldtwp.org Patrick L. Karnash, Director of Planning & Zoning pkarnash@hempfieldtwp.org Anthony J. Kovacic, Township Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Services akovacic@hempfieldtwp.org James P. Shaw, Director of Code & Safety jshaw@hempfieldtwp.org Aaron K. Siko, Director of Parks & Recreation asiko@hempfieldtwp.org

1132 Woodward Drive | Greensburg, PA 15601-9310 724-834-7232 | www.hempfieldtwp.com Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Hempfield Township and Hempfield

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Seated Front Row: Jennifer Bretz, Board Member; Diane Ciabattoni, Board Member; Dr. Tammy Wolicki, Superintendent; Dr. Jeanne Smith, Board Member; Pam Gibasiewicz, Board Secretary

Seated Second Row: Bob Reger, Director of Human Resources; Dr. Matthew Conner, Assistant Superintendent/Secondary Standing: Michael Korns, Board Solicitor; Dr. Tony Bompiani, Board President; Dr. Scott Learn, Board Vice-President; Mike Alfery,

Board Member; Wayne Wismar, Business Manager; Vince DeAugustine, Board Member; Paul Ward, Board Member; Jerry Radebaugh, Board Member Not Pictured: Dr. Kimberlie Rieffannacht, Assistant Superintendent/Elementary

The Hempfield Area School District, in its commitment to excellence, shall engage and educate all students for personal success through a shared responsibility with the student, family, and community in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.

Hempfield Area School District Board of Directors Dr. Tony Bompiani, Board President bompianit@hasdpa.net Dr. Scott Learn, Board Vice-President learns@hasdpa.net Pam Gibasiewicz, Board Secretary gibasiewiczp@hasdpa.net Mike Alfery, Board Member alferym@hasdpa.net Jennifer Bretz, Board Member bretzj@hasdpa.net Diane Ciabattoni, Board Member ciabattonid@hasdpa.net

Hempfield Area School District

4347 State Route 136 | Greensburg, PA 15601-9310 724-834-7232 | www.hempfieldtwp.com

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A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERVISORS Flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, and Hempfield Township is gearing up for a summer of fun and community improvements. We are excited about the many opportunities that our residents have to explore our trails, parks, businesses, and civic partners in the Township and our neighboring communities. Some of these opportunities include: 1. The June 4th Grand Opening of the new Inclusive Playground at Hempfield Park 2. The Summer Concert Series at the Smail Auto Group Amphitheater 3. The Hempfield Night Out on August 4th at Hempfield High School 4. Wednesdays in Hempfield Park with the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library and Stage Right! 5. And many more! In addition to the fun around town this summer, we are working to improve and grow our community. The Township has approved 84 new residential home sites, expanding our home inventory and providing housing options for everyone to call Hempfield home. Through thoughtful budgeting, we are moving forward with rehabilitating 10.75 miles of roadway at a cost of $1.9 million dollars. These annual roadway projects help Hempfield to have some of the best-maintained municipal roadways in Western PA. We are doing all of this while maintaining the same Township tax rate for the 32nd consecutive year. The Hempfield Fire Department continues to make strides in advancing life and property protection for our residents. Our volunteer firefighters and administration have worked diligently to increase training hours, test apparatus, and increase response readiness to increase our Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating to a Class 4. This is a significant improvement over our Class 6 rating in 2014 and we will continue to improve to protect our community. As we explore the many exciting achievements and events in Hempfield today, we are also working towards shaping the Hempfield of tomorrow. The Board of Supervisors, our staff, and community stakeholders are working to develop a Township Comprehensive Plan to guide our community for the next 15 years. This effort is necessary to identify our areas of growth and decline, infrastructure needs, opportunities for new parks, trails, and greenspace, and advancing our community’s public safety. Read about this project in the article “The Hempfield of Tomorrow is being Planned Today” on pages 5 and 6. Finally, Hempfield Township is about to celebrate an exciting anniversary. In 2023, Hempfield Township will celebrate our semiquincentennial, more simply our 250th anniversary! Join us in planning for the Hempfield250 celebration in 2023. If you are interested in participating, hosting a community event, or have interesting history about your family, business, or the Township, please share it with us. To become involved or share information, e-mail us at Hempfield250@hempfieldtwp.org.


Comprehensive Plan

THE HEMPFIELD OF TOMORROW IS BEING PLANNED TODAY Hempfield Township is pleased to announce a partnership with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) for the creation of a new Township Comprehensive Plan. Together we are asking the residents and key stakeholders in our community to help guide this exciting process. The participation of our residents and stakeholders will help to ensure the quality of the plan as well as its long-term success. With the 250th anniversary of Hempfield Township’s founding just around the corner in 2023, there is no better time than now to plan for the future.

communities with comprehensive plans that are innovative, functional, and respectful of the history of the community. HRG has assembled an outstanding team of skilled professionals to provide a full scope of planning services to assist in moving Hempfield Township forward in a sustainable and responsible manner. A township, but its nature is an assembly of smaller communities, one main goal of the planning process will be to create a true, unified, Hempfield Township. A place where families can grow and prosper, while living in a community that is uniquely Hempfield. Hempfield and HRG have identified five key areas of concentration. These include: à Community Development

A comprehensive plan is a document required by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. It is recommended that a comprehensive plan be updated every 10 – 15 years and the Hempfield Township plan was last updated in 2004. The 2004 plan was multi-municipal and involved Hempfield Township, the City of Greensburg, South Greensburg, and Southwest Greensburg. That plan was used to guide our municipalities through the challenges of intergovernmental relationships and specifically aided Hempfield in amending our zoning map as well as streamlining our operations.

à Revitalization of the Commercial District à Infrastructure à Parks and Recreation à Emergency Services Each of these categories present unique opportunities to delve deeply into how the Township can improve them and provide our residents with the best possible services. Rest assured, however, that the comprehensive plan will not be limited to just these five items. HRG has been charged with looking at the Township as a whole and giving feedback and direction for whatever challenges they may discover.

HRG is a firm with roots in Western Pennsylvania dating back to 1962 with success stories across the tri-state area and beyond. Their clientele includes 63 municipalities along with 50 municipal authorities with projects including comprehensive plans, park master plans, corridor studies, and infrastructure design. They pride themselves on serving their

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Westmoreland County has recently completed a county-wide comprehensive plan, and many of our neighboring municipalities are currently working on plans for themselves. This gives Hempfield the unique ability to take into account the thoughts and discoveries of these other areas while developing our individual plan at the same time.

Over the next 18 months, we will continue to reach out to the community in a variety of ways to get your feedback. Social media, town hall meetings, stakeholder interviews, and mailings will be just some of the means we will be reaching out. Please help us create a better Hempfield! A Hempfield for all of us that will attract new residents, businesses, services, and more. Your help is essential to the long-term success of both the new comprehensive plan and, more importantly, Hempfield Township.

Community Input A comprehensive plan is an exciting opportunity for community involvement. We ask that every resident be as involved as they possibly can. This plan is for all of us, and the more input we have from the community, the better the plan will turn out, and the more we will all collectively benefit from it. Please use the QR code or web link below to take a short survey as a starting point for this process. The online survey is the first of many opportunities for you to contribute to the comprehensive planning process. If you prefer a hard copy of the survey, please contact the department of Planning & Zoning and one will be mailed to you. 6

www.surveymonkey.com/r/ HempfieldPlanSurvey


Inclusive Playground

INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND TAKES SHAPE AT HEMPFIELD PARK Hempfield Township is excited to be nearing completion on our new inclusive playground at Hempfield Park! The playground features over 60 play components, including 37 accessible, ground level components. The First National Bank Play Tower has the area’s tallest corkscrew slides at 12’ tall! With 5 total slides, the 5-12 year old Play Tower is one of a kind. The Kinder Tower, for children 2 - 5 years old, is an accessible ramp structure promoting inclusive play for children of all abilities. With play panels, slides, and sensory features, the Kinder Tower will provide all-day fun!

The TracyCo. Music & Motion Zone is designed to get every child involved in play. Whether they love to spin, or want to be in a band, the Music & Motion Zone is one of the area’s most unique playground features. Finally, the Swing Zone is a great place for parents to re-live their favorite memories swinging the summer away with their children. The Swing Zone features three traditional swing seats, two accessible swing seats, a Reflections Selfie Swing for adults and children to swing together, and a Selfie Tot Swing for capturing your little ones favorite new pastime.

All of these great amenities will be available to you this summer!

Join us at the Grand Opening on June 4th, 2022! SCAN THIS CODE TO DONATE TODAY

THANK YOU!

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The Pail Pal Fundraiser is underway! Support the Inclusive Playground

Pick up one of our Playground Pails at the Hempfield Municipal Building or the Hempfield Athletic Complex and see how much money you can raise! Get the family involved, put it at your business counter, or get one for the classrooms so our biggest fans can make a difference.

Partnership Details: TOP 10 PAIL PAL FUNDRAISERS

TOP 2 YOUTH PAIL PAL FUNDRAISERS

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All of our Pail Pals meeting a minimum $75 donation will be recognized on our donor signs located along the Playground walkway

Where do I get a Playground Pail? LOCATION #1

Hempfield Township Athletic Complex 220 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601

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Hempfield Township Municipal Building 1132 Woodward Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where do I return my Playground Pail?

When do I return my Playground Pail?

Hempfield Township Athletic Complex 220 Forbes Trail Road Greensburg, PA 15601

The deadline to return a Playground Pail is Friday, May 13, 2022. Pails received after May 13 will receive recognition, but it may not be until after the Grand Opening date. Pail Pals must meet the $75 minimum for Donor Sign recognition.

Monday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

I WANT TO HELP FUND THE INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT.

The Inclusive Playground Sponsorship Guide may provide you with an option that better suits your giving goals. For more information visit:

www.hempfieldtwp.com/385/Inclusive-Playground-at-Hempfield-Park

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Community Development

NEW RESIDENTIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PLANS Residential Growth in Hempfield Township is thriving! The outlook of current and future developments is strong and it has never been better to live and work in Hempfield Township.

Fairfield Estates is located off of Warwick Drive and is currently 90% developed. These homes are a mixture of singlefamily, patio, and duplex style homes constructed by Pellis Construction. Grandview Estates Phase II off of Swede Hill Road will include 63 planned lots for a mix of duplex and single-family style homes and is being constructed by Dan Ryan Builders. Meadowlane Heights Phase II off of Bovard Road will include 21 planned lots for single-family homes and is being constructed by S&A Homes. Additional housing plans are in the process of development and will be shared as more details are available.

Hempfield Township Online Service Center Quick and efficient online portal for all your community needs.

Quick Start Guide

Report a Concern

Building Permits

Another new business in Hempfield Township

I received a Courtesy Notice from the Code Department, now what?

The Code Department has implemented a new program to quickly notify property owners when they have a minor code violation on their property. If you receive a door hanger, please immediately correct the problems listed or if you have questions please contact the issuing code officer. The “courtesy notice” is to help you get your property into compliance. We will reinspect the property again after 5 days have elapsed. If you have taken corrective action, you can disregard the violation letter that was sent as a follow up, However, if the door hanger and the violation letter are ignored, further legal action may be taken against you. 9


2022 Paving Program

Warm weather will also bring about a few large projects of note:

Beginning in early spring, a large stormwater project will take place on Monkey Wrench Road. Work will consist of catch basin installations and increasing the size of stormwater lines. Temporary road closures can be expected, and will be advertised ahead of the project’s start date.

Hempfield Township and Youngwood Borough have partnered to complete a major improvement project to Racetrack Road this summer. The roadway is shared between both municipalities. Both Public Works Departments have already partnered to begin clearing trees from the right of way. Additional stormwater and road stabilization work will be contracted. By working together both municipalities hope to provide a smooth, safe, and long-lasting roadway to motorists of Youngwood, Hempfield, and beyond. In addition to the major projects detailed above, crews will continue to perform routine maintenance along Township Roadways including, but no limited to: • • • • • •

Berming (shoulder maintenance) Pothole Patching Right of Way Maintenance Roadway Vegetation Control Sign Installation and Maintenance Stormwater Pipe Installation and/or Replacement

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Catch Basin Repairs and/or Replacement Surface Treatment Crack Sealing Tar and Chip Program In-House Paving Program Roads still to be determined

To report issues on Township roadways please call (724) 834-7232 ext. 310

FREE Pre-K Counts Preschool

MS4 Information

The Township would like to remind all people who live and work within the Township that our storm sewer inlets, curbs and gutters, drainage ditches and storm pipes discharge directly and untreated into Jacks Run, Sewickley Creek, Brush Creek and other natural waterways within the Township. In order to help keep our streams and lakes clean, we remind residents and businesses to please:

Family Size/Income

To qualify your family must be at or below the following income guidelines: 1 - $40,770 2 - $54,930 5 - $97,410 6 - $111,570 9 - $154,050 10 - $168,210

• Do NOT discard leaves, grass clippings, used oil, paints, solvents, pet wastes or other wastes into the storm drains, onto the street or into streams or other waterways.

3 - $69,090 7 - $125,730

4 - 83,250 8 - $139,890

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2022

• Clean up after your pet. Don’t let pet wastes get washed into the street or down the storm drain.

• Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash or if washing it at home, wash your vehicle in a grassy or gravel area. Or divert your washwater into the grass or gravel area.

Early Learning Center 724-834-6899

• Properly dispose of used motor oil, oil-based paints, solvents, household cleaners and other hazardous household chemicals. Go to www. westmorelandcleanways.org for more info.

Wrap Around care available

• If using fertilizers or pesticides, always follow the directions and never apply immediately before a rain storm.

1270 Middletown Rd. l Greensburg, PA 15601 tinytownearlylearning.com

Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 2 PM 180 day school year

• Maintain the grass height in your yard at 3 inches or more. Longer grass is healthier and requires less fertilizer.

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Public Works

The 2022 Hot Mix Paving Program will be starting in April or May, weather depending. At 1.9 million dollars, 10.75 miles of Township roadway will be resurfaced. Please be cautious when passing through work zones. Areas to be paved will be Bashforth Acres, Beech Hills, a portion of Fort Allen, a portion of Walton Tea Room Road, Hunter Road (Red Onion) and 4th Street (between Burton Avenue and Stone Church Hill Road).


Camp Corner

Registration open now!

For Kids Entering 1st Grade - 6th Grade, based on the 2022 / 23 Academic Year

HEMPFIELD PARK

JUNE 13TH – AUGUST 19TH Each week includes a specific theme, project, speaker, games, daily snacks, field trip and pool trip! NEW

Daily morning & afternoon snack à Water Bottle

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Not sure if your child is ready for camp? Do the kids need to burn some energy before camp starts? We will be offering a 3-day camp trial June 8th-10th!

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Early Drop Off Available: Starting at 7 am Late Pick Up Available: Until 6 pm

5% Early Bird Registration Discount à 25% Sibling Discount à

Preteens entering 7th - 9th grade are able to attend camp as Counselors-in-Training (CIT). CIT’s will support the counselors with planning and preparing the daily camp program and activities.

Becoming a Counselor-in-Training builds leadership skills, prepares preteens for future employment as camp counselors.

Camp Pricing Options FULL CAMP REGISTRATION

PARTIAL CAMP REGISTRATION

Enrollment in all 10-weeks of Summer Day camp!

RESIDENT CAMPERS

$1,500 per camper Only $30 per day!

Camp that fits your schedule!

NON-RESIDENT CAMPERS

WEEKLY REGISTRATION

Resident Campers: $165 Non-Resident: $185 Choose your weeks!

$1,650 per camper Only $33 per day!

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING FULL CAMP REGISTRATION WEEKLY REGISTRATION

$750 RESIDENT/$850 NON-RESIDENT

Log on to: www.HempfieldTWP.com

Resident Campers: $120 Non-Resident: $140 3-days per week or less

EARLY DROP OFF & LATE PICK UP

Early Drop off begins at 7AM - $20/week Late Pick Up ends at 6PM - $20/week

$85 RESIDENT/$95 NON-RESIDENT

REGISTER ONLINE

PARTIAL WEEK REGISTRATION

REGISTER IN PERSON

Register at the Hempfield Township Athletic Complex during normal operating hours.

Click on the “Parks and Recreation” button, and then click the “Register now” button. All major credit cards are accepted.

For additional questions or information, please contact us: phone-square 724-834-7232

ENVELOPE-SQUARE parks@hempfieldtwp.org Information updated on website.

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Join us at the Smail Auto Group Amphitheater at Hempfield Park for our Summer Concert Series!

All concerts are hosted at the Smail Auto Group Amphitheater and are free to attend. Donations are accepted to help support this free, community event. All concerts begin at 6:00 PM. Single act events play 2-hour sets. circle JUNE 4

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Antz Marching A Dave Matthews Tribute Band

East Coast Turnaround circle SEPTEMBER 3 w/ The Shiners

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Chuck Blasko & The Vogues

Willow Hill circle SEPTEMBER 17 w/ Michael Christopher

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Sourmash w/ Tim Henry (Acoustic)

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Jeannette Community Band w/ Glass City Swing Band Combo

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Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers w/ to be announced

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Movies at the Park Join us at the Smail Auto Group Amphitheater at Hempfield Park for our summer Movies in the Park! Movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 PM, and are free to attend! Have a look at this summer’s great family movies! The Mitchells vs the Machines July 15 Kick-off your summer with this great family adventure “The Mitchells vs the Machines”. Come early for photos with Mochi the Dog or make a sock puppet. Popcorn and drinks are available!

Encanto August 19 Join the Madrigal family and sing-a-long to this family favorite! Come early to learn the dances to “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure”. Food Truck will be on-site for South American treats! 12

Field of Dreams September 10 If we build it, will you come? Field of Dreams throwback movie night in the outfield of the baseball field. Bring your baseball or softball glove! Hot dogs and popcorn are available!

Summer Park Events

Summer Concert Series at Hempfield Park


Tax Collection

Caring for students today, tomorrow, together.

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(724) 978-0300 • www.KeystoneCollects.com Keystone Collections Group is Hempfield Township’s tax collector for per capita, local services, business privilege/ mercantile and street light taxes. Refer to the information below to keep up to date on the latest tax deadlines.

apply at workatfirst.com or call 724-523-8600

Street light tax invoices scheduled to mail in May Upon receipt, pay in minutes using Keystone’s online service. Get started at:

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Pay.KeystoneCollects.com

Business privilege/mercantile tax invoices were mailed in February Make your payments with the invoice by the dates shown below.

2020 Reconciliation 4/15/2022

1st Q 4/15/22

2nd Q 4/30/22

3rd Q 6/30/22

4th Q 1/31/23

Local services tax bills were mailed earlier this year. Per capita tax bills will be mailed later this year. Please be reminded that if you have not received a tax invoice, it is your responsibility to notify Keystone. Unfortunately, delinquent fees cannot be waived by claiming lack of receipt of an invoice.

Visit www.KeystoneCollects.com for additional information.

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP TAX COLLECTOR Faye Rosatti was elected in November of 2021 to a 4 Property Tax year term as the Hempfield Township Tax Collector. Information After a 40 year career in banking she is looking forward to serving the Hempfield Community. In January of 2022 the tax office opened in the Hempfield Township Municipal Building at 1132 Woodward Dr Greensburg PA, 15601. There are many options available to pay taxes, including in-person at the tax office, through the USPS at PO Box 8 Greensburg, PA 15601, online bill pay through your bank, and online at www.hempfieldtwp.com\taxcollector.

FAYE ROSATTI (724) 836-7900 taxcollector@hempfieldtwp.org

Office hours are Mon-Wed 9-4, Thurs 9-6 and during the discount period Friday 9-4. Faye and her staff look forward to seeing you “in-person” at their bright and cheery office.

Note: The Tax Office will observe Westmoreland County's Holiday Hours

OFFICE LOCATION

Hempfield Township Municipal Building Tax Collector 1132 Woodward Drive Greensburg, PA 15601

MAILING ADDRESS

Faye Rosatti Hempfield Twp. Tax Collector P.O. Box 8 Greensburg, PA 15601 13

Township and County Taxes: The Township and County property taxes are mailed March 1st. They are collected at a 2% discount March and April, at face May and June. A 10% penalty is added July 1st. Township and County taxes are collected at the tax collector’s office until December 31st. School Taxes: The School property taxes are mailed August 1st.

They are collected at a 2% discount August and September, at face October and November. A 10% penalty is added December 1st.

School property taxes are collected at the tax collector’s office until December 31st.


NEIGHBORHOOD NOOK

Send the information to hempfield@hempfieldtwp.org and we will highlight it in future issues of Headlining Hempfield or on the Township website and Facebook page.

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

(724) 834-7232

Code & Safety Parks & Recreation Planning & Zoning Public Works

LEAF COLLECTION & GARBAGE HAULING Hempfield Township Leaf Collection Please help keep Hempfield clean by scheduling a leaf collection this fall. Visit County Hauling’s website at www. countyhauling.com and click on “Yard Waste” at the top of the page. The following dates are available: • May 7 • October 15 • Nov 19 • May 14 • Nov 5 • Dec 10 • October 1 • Nov 12

MISSED PICK-UP OR MISSING BILL?

For missed pick-ups e-mail: info@countyhauling.com

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For missing bills or billing questions e-mail: billing@ countyhauling.com For any other questions call Customer Service at (724) 929-7694

CHANGES COMING TO HEMPFIELD’S STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES IN DC & HARRISBURG.

With the State releasing the new Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps, some changes are coming to Hempfield Township’s elected officials. The Township will now be split into to US Congressional Districts. The Township is currently completely represented by Congressional District 14 and Congressmen Guy Reschenthaler. The Township will now by split between Congressional District 12 and 14. The western part of the Township will be represented by District 12 and the rest by District 14. Nothing will change for the Township in regards to the Pennsylvania 39th Senatorial District, currently represented by Senator Kim Ward. The Township currently represented by 4 different Pennsylvania House Districts. They are the 56th District (Rep George Dunbar), 57th District (Rep Eric Nelson), 58th District (Rep Eric Davanzo), and the 59th District (Rep Leslie Rossi). The Township will now be represented solely by the 57th District. You will see these changes when you go to polls during the upcoming primary to be held on May 17, 2022.

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Community News

We would like to highlight the many Neighborhoods that make up our Township in this new section called Neighborhood Nook. If your neighborhood has an association or group, that organizes events or activities for your neighborhood, let us know.


Public Safety

HEMPFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT FINALIZING PLANS FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS

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he Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors has committed to providing the Hempfield Fire Department with a new headquarters to call home in 2023. The headquarters will be located within the former Hempfield Township Municipal Authority building on Woodward Drive. The former office and garage will be rehabilitated providing a home for our Volunteer Firefighters to learn, train, and engage with each other and the Fire Department administration. The new headquarters will feature renovated office spaces, a training room, sleeping quarters with restrooms, a lounge, a cardio fitness room, a turn-out gear locker room, equipment storage, and a rehabilitated garage for fire apparatus. The headquarters will be updated with energy efficiency in mind, installing new LED lighting throughout, and high-efficiency HVAC equipment and appliances. The

facility will be renovated to meet ADAaccessibility standards for public spaces. Additionally, the facility will undergo façade and landscaping improvements to create a cohesive look for the fire headquarters and improvements at other fire stations around the township. The headquarters is currently in the final design phase, with the project expected to be bid in the late summer of 2022. The goal is for the new headquarters to open at the end of 2022, and be fully operational to start 2023. The Township has contracted with Ulery Architecture to modernize the Hempfield Fire Department Headquarters to meet the needs of the department today, and well into the future. Keep an eye out for updates on this project in the Fall 2022 edition of Headlining Hempfield.

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PLANS ARE UNDERWAY TO REHABILITATE THE NORTH HEMPFIELD FIRE STATION

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he North Hempfield Fire Station was established in 1955 and in 2021 became the first chartered member of the Hempfield Township Fire Department. As the Township works to develop a headquarters for our Fire Department operations, we are also focused on providing our dedicated volunteers with the facilities they need to effectively serve the community. The facility also serves as a 24/7 home to a Mutual Aid Ambulance to provide EMS services to the north Hempfield area. The North Hempfield Station will be the first fire station rehabilitated by the Township as a part of the Hempfield Fire Department. In March 2022, the Township applied for a $1,000,000.00 state grant to the Commonwealth Financing Authority to support the rehabilitation of the North Hempfield Station. The facility rehabilitation will interior demolition,

new interior finishes, new living quarters with restrooms, a new lounge area, a training area, updated office spaces, a dedicated turn-out gear area, and a rehabilitated garage for fire and EMS apparatus. The rehabilitation includes exterior improvements, including a new roof, new façade, landscaping, parking, and signage. The project is expected to begin in late 2022 pending notice of the outcome of the grant application.

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Public Safety

The Hempfield Fire Department continues to grow to serve the residents of Hempfield Township. In 2021, the Department was activated for more than 2,700 incidents throughout the Township and surrounding communities. Those incidents ranged from commercial fires to storm-related events, and everything in between. We continue to work to improve our community’s safety, educating our community on safe summer practices, and welcoming some of our experienced members into new leadership roles within the department. We appreciate the sacrifice our volunteers make for the community, spending their time protecting our homes and businesses, training, and being community advocates. Read on to find out more about the Hempfield Fire Department and our impact on Hempfield Township.

IMPROVING THE DEPARTMENT TO MAKE HEMPFIELD A LIVABLE COMMUNITY

In 2021 the Hempfield Fire Department underwent an extensive review from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). Our staff, and the active volunteer firefighters of the Hempfield Fire Department, strived to improve the overall ISO rating for Hempfield Township over the past several years. Dating back to 2014, the official ISO Rating of the Hempfield Fire Department was a Class 6X. During our scheduled review of the Hempfield Fire Department in 2021, we improved the ISO Rating of the Hempfield Fire Department to a Class 4X.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Many people think that the only way to help a volunteer fire department is by running into burning buildings, but in fact, there are many disciplines in the fire service that interested individuals can accel at including technical rescue, emergency medical service, vehicle rescue, and exterior operations. If you are interested in volunteering to professionally serve your community, please email recruitment@hempfieldtwp.org for additional details.

To put this rating into perspective, out of nearly 40,000 fire departments reviewed throughout the country approximately 12,000 departments rank as a Class 4 or better with only 388 fire departments achieving the Class 1 designation. This places the Hempfield Fire Department in the top 30% of departments in the nation.

We thank our firefighters for their time and effort in training, responding to calls, and helping us to improve the standard of living and working in Hempfield Township.

SAY HELLO TO THE ASSISTANT CHIEFS!

Assistant Chief Jay Wilkinson has served as a volunteer firefighter out of the North Hempfield Station for several years and will be assigned to Zone 1 which encompasses the Bovard Station, Hannastown Station, and North Hempfield Station.

On January 3, 2022, the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors swore in three Assistant Chiefs. These three officers will continue to serve in their volunteer capacity and will be in charge of one of three designated geographical zones throughout the Township.

Assistant Chief Don Thoma has served as a volunteer firefighter out of the Adamsburg Station for more than 40 years and has been assigned to Zone 2 which encompasses the Carbon Station, Hempfield #2 Station, Midway St. Clair Station, and the West Point Station. Assistant Chief Dan Thoma has served as a volunteer firefighter out of the Adamsburg Station for nearly 20 years and has been assigned to Zone 3 which encompasses the Adamsburg Station, Ft. Allen Station, Grapeville Station, and the High Park Station.

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SUMMER SAFETY IN THE COMMUNITY

Summer is a time of gathering with family and friends, celebrating our community, and spending ample time outside enjoying our brief months of warmth and sunshine. Celebrations can take many forms, but unfortunately in some cases, celebrations can end in tragedy. The Hempfield Fire Department asks that as you celebrate, please use caution and celebrate safely. In 2017, House Bill 542 repealed and replaced the Fireworks Act of 1939 in its entirety. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, restrictions regarding where “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks can be used include: à They cannot be ignited or discharged on public or private property without the express permission of the property owner. à They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building. à They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building. à They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present. à They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

According to a 2021 Consumer Product Safety Commission report, more than 10,300 injuries resulted from firework-related incidents. In addition to the estimated injuries, more than 18 deaths occurred as a result of firework-related incidents. The most common firework-related injuries include: à 15% of the injuries occurred to the patients’ eyes à 22% of the injuries occurred to the patient’s head, face, and ears à 30% of the injuries occurred to the patients’ hands and fingers

If you decide to use fireworks during celebrations, the following suggestions should be followed to keep all Hempfield Township Residents safe: à Be sensitive to neighbors and their pets, particularly if military veterans live nearby à Never allow children to play with fireworks, even sparklers, which can burn at temperatures of 1200 degrees à Never point or throw fireworks at another person à Only allow adults to light fireworks one at a time, then quickly back away à Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire à Never pick up or try to relight fireworks that have not fully ignited à Always fully douse used fireworks with water before picking them up or disposing to prevent trash fires à Never use fireworks after consuming alcohol, or other medications, or substances à Always remain at a safe distance from the ignition location of commercial or consumer fireworks

As the nights and evenings become enjoyable many residents choose to enjoy time outdoors. When enjoying recreational fires, Hempfield Township requires that they must be in approved fire pits. Always follow safe practices for recreational fires including: à Always keep chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits outdoors à Keep outdoor fire pits 10 feet away from anything that can burn, and 25 feet away from any occupied structure or property line.

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Parks & Recreation

SUMMER FUN WITH HEMPFIELD PARKS & RECREATION! RESIDENT REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022

2 EASY WAYS TO REGISTER

Registration begins for all Fall programs at 8:30 am online, at the Hempfield Township Municipal Building, or Hempfield Township Athletic Complex.

ONLINE

Log on to: www.hempfieldtwp.com Click on the “Parks & Recreation” button, and then click the “Register now” button. All major credit cards are accepted.

NON-RESIDENT REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022

IN PERSON

Register at the Hempfield Township Athletic Complex during normal operating hours. Subject to State guidelines. Check website prior to registration.

Preschool Program Announcement:

Non-residents include those who live in the surrounding communities (i.e., Greensburg, Hunker, Manor, New Stanton, Youngwood)

For help with online registration: phone-square 724-834-7232 ENVELOPE-SQUARE parks@hempfieldtwp.org. Hempfield Parks and Recreationdoes not accept cash payments or over-the-phone registrations.

Active Adult Programming:

Preschool programs will be back! Thank you for being patient with us as we transition into a new space for our preschool programs. Keep an eye on our website for our signature preschool programs!

Are you 55 and older? We’d love to hear about programming you’d like to see in the coming years! Join us for a brown bag lunch and discussion on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, pre-registration is requested.

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HATHA YOGA

Hatha Yoga is a systematized exercise joining mind, body, and spirit. Stretch, stamina, balance, and strength are addressed through the poses (asanas). Anyone is able to reach a goal with yoga since it is an individual activity in a group setting. All participants will be directed on their own path to healthier lives. Please bring a yoga mat and water. Bring a towel or small pillow for your neck or back if you need it.

Fee: $45.00 Session Dates: July 11th – August 29th Session Time: 6:30 PM (10 minimum, 15 maximum) Session Location: Public Meeting Room (1132 Woodward Drive Greensburg, PA 15601)

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DISNEY PLANNING

Are you thinking about taking a trip to Walt Disney World? Without some basic knowledge, Walt Disney World can seem like an overwhelming destination. Whether this is your first Walt Disney World vacation or if you simply need a refresher on the recent changes, this class is for you! We’ll discuss some planning basics, advanced topics, and some tips for what you need to have a successful trip to Walt Disney World!

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Fee: $10.00 Session Dates: June 23 Session Time: 6:30 PM Session Location: Public Meeting Room (1132 Woodward Drive Greensburg, PA 15601)


Instructor: Angela Popovich Fee: $50.00

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TENNIS CAMP

If your child is interested in learning the basics of tennis then this clinic is for them. Beginner and moderate players are welcome.

Session Dates: Session One: June 20 – 24; Session Two July 11 - 15 Session Time: 4:00-5:00 for ages 8-12 then 5:00-6:00 for ages 13-16 Session Location: Hempfield Park Tennis Courts

Instructor: Candice Graytok

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ZUMBA TONING Zumba Toning still has the fun and flavor of Zumba Fitness as we move and groove to Latin and world rhythms but there is extra emphasis on toning and sculpting to define muscles. Light hand weights (1-3 lbs.) are provided or you may bring your own. This class is brought to you by Empowered Fitness LLC and instructed by a licensed Zumba Toning instructor and AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

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VOLLEYBALL CAMP Introduce beginners to the skills involved in the sport, familiarize them with volleyball terminology and rules, play lead-up games as well as 6 on 6 games, and ultimately, if their interest grows, try out for their middle school teams. For the middle school kids who had some experience, we teach more advanced skills along with team offense and defense.

Fee: $50.00 Session Dates: Thursdays, June 9th – July 28th Session Time: 7:00 PM Session Location: Public Meeting Room (1132 Woodward Drive Greensburg, PA 15601)

Fee: $95.00 Session Dates: June 13th – 17th Session Time: 7:00 PM Session Location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex

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ZUMBA FITNESS Zumba Fitness takes the "work" out of the workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an intervalstyle calorie-burning dance fitness party to Latin and World rhythms. A perfect combo of fun and fitness. No dance experience is needed. This class is brought to you by Empowered Fitness LLC and instructed by a licensed Zumba instructor and AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Instructor: Candice Graytok Fee: $50.00 Session Dates: Tuesdays, June 28 - August 16 Session Time: 6:30 PM Session Location: Pavilion D

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Parks & Recreation

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP ATHLETIC COMPLEX Located at Hempfield Park, 220 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601

We invite you to visit one of Hempfield Township’s premier facilities featuring a 1/10th of a mile indoor walking track, three multipurpose athletic courts, and a concession stand. HOURS OF OPERATION: Park Office - Field and Building Rentals » Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm » Closed: April 15, May 30, July 4, September 5

HTAC Summer Hours (April - October):

» Monday – Saturday, 8:00am – 8:00pm » Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

» Closed Sundays, June - August » HTAC Closed: April 17, May 30, July 4, September 5

MEMBERSHIP CARDS: Anyone attending HTAC to use the walking track, open court, participating in Adult Pick-up Sports, or Exercise Classes MUST have an HTAC Membership Card to enter. Cards are available at the complex during business hours and are free to residents or an annual $10.00 fee for non-residents. RENTAL OPTIONS: Open Court Time $5.00 per entry Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Call for additional availability

Birthday Parties » $150.00 up to 32 children » Includes use of one full size court, variety of sports equipment, tables and chairs Full building rentals are available, please contact us for more information

Full Court Hourly Rentals: » $50.00 per hour per court

ADULT PICK-UP CO-ED SPORTS

Join us for adult (ages 18+) pick-up sports at the Hempfield Township Athletic Complex! $5.00 per person (membership required). Pay $5.00 with your HTAC membership card. No extended commitments are necessary.

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Be responsible today for a better future tomorrow by responsibly recycling your household hazardous waste

Participate Participatein inCounty CountyHauling’s Hauling’son-call on-call door-to-door removal of any unwanted door-to-door removal of any unwantedoror outdated outdated household householdhazardous hazardouschemicals chemicals and included and old old electronics. electronics.This Thisprogram programisincluded to residents as part weekly trash service. to residents asofpart of weekly trash No additional fees are due. service. No additional fees are due. Registration Required. For more info or to register visit www.countyhauling.com, call us at (724)-929-7694 Ext. 2 Or 888-883-0333 Or email us at info@countyhauling.com ✓ Accepted Household Hazardous Waste/Chemicals: paint/workshop products, automotive products, cleaning products, lawn and garden products, pesticides, car & household batteries, lights bulbs, fluorescent tubes, flammables, & more. ✓ Accepted Electronic/Freon Waste : TVs, computers, printers, phones, AC Units, dehumidifiers, mini fridges, microwaves, laptops, & more ×

PROHIBITED ITEMS: Explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, large appliances pharmaceuticals, syringes, medical waste, fire extinguishers & smoke detectors, mercury containing device, elemental mercury, compressed gas, tires

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355 Pleasant Unity Mutual Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 phone-square 724-879-4020 ENVELOPE-SQUARE info@westmorelandcleanways.org www.westmorelandcleanways.org

WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT

Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, sponsors and promotes programs that address the proper disposal of solid waste through education, recycling, special collections, and the cleanup of illegal dumpsites and littered areas throughout Westmoreland County. For the most up -to- date information about recycling opportunities here and across the county, including our services and the items collected at our recycling center, please visit our website, Facebook page, or give us a call. The office is normally open Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00.

Although Hempfield residents have curbside collection of electronics and household hazardous waste (HHW) through their garbage hauler, (scheduling with County Hauling is required), our Recycling Center remains an available option. For the past 25 years, Westmoreland Cleanways only had the resources available to host 2-3 household hazardous Public Works Updatewaste (HHW) collection events each year. Residents would need to stockpile Public Works Crews will now be shifting to winter operations. Throughout the dangerous HHW in their homes, and keep winter season crews will operate snow removal equipment overtheir 26 different fingers crossed they’d be available on event day.nearly snow routes. The Township spans over 90 square miles encompassing Well, that is no longer a each worry! 300 miles of roadway. On average snow route covers approximately 12 miles and takes nearly three hours to complete during routine snow removal. Starting in April 2022, we will be hosting WEEKLY Additional time is required for more significant snow events which require HHW events. Noble Environmental will be onmay site plowing operations. In order to assist with efficient snow removal operations, every WEDENSDAY 8am-1pm (regular operating residents are asked to follow: hours) collecting household hazardous waste Snow Removal Tips at a cost of $.80/lb. (credit/debit cards only for • If snow is expected, move your cars into the driveway payment).

THE RECYCLING CENTER

Hours: Mondays Noon—5 p.m. / Wednesdays 8 a.m.—1 p.m. / Fridays 8 a.m.—1 p.m./ 2nd Sat. of each Month 8:30 a.m.—Noon Acceptable Materials: televisions, computers and other household electronics, paper, cardboard, tires, Freon appliances, scrap metal, lead acid batteries, used motor oil, CFL and fluorescent tubes, clear, green and brown bottle and jar glass, block and food grade foam (some fees apply).

• If you are shoveling out the entrance to your driveway, throw snow Accepted Household Hazardous Waste:never 5-gallon directly into the street. Shovel onto the curbstrip or other area of your property. containers or smaller of: Oil Based/Latex Paint, • If possible, finish clearing your driveway the finalPool widening Deck Stains, Flammable Liquids,entrance DrainAFTER Cleaners, pass by the snow plow. DO Antifreeze/Automotive NOT throw snow into the street. Fluids, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Putties, Adhesives, Glues, Wood/Metal Finishing • If you have to go out during hazardous driving conditions, remember to drive Products, Water Sealers, Household Cleaning slowly, brake slowly, allow plenty of room between you and theAgents, vehicle in front, Herbicides/Pesticides. and watch for sudden obstructions. Prohibited radioactive • Please avoiditems: parking inexplosives, Cul-de-Sacs toammunition, allow snow removal equipment materials, pharmaceuticals, syringes, medical waste, room to operate. smoke detectors, mercury devices, and to not During snow removal operations, it iscontaining the policy of Hempfield Township elemental mercury replace mailboxes damaged in the course of routine snow removal operations.

For questions about materials, Throughout the fall and winter acceptable season, Public Works Crews will check continue routine with Noble Environmental at 412-567-6566. maintenance projects throughout the Township including catch basin repairs,

pipe replacement, right-of-way maintenance and roadwayWestmoreland repair. To report a HHW will only be accepted on WEDNESDAYS! roadway condition on a Township road please call (724) 834-7232, ext. 310 or Cleanways employees are not legally permitted to handle HHW email at publicworks@hempfieldtwp.org. at any time and material cannot be stored on site.

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The following Westmoreland County locations have installed collection boxes available during regular business hours: City of Greensburg Police Dept. (PD): 724-838-4324 Irwin PD: 724-864-3103 City of Latrobe PD: 724-537-5526 Latrobe Area Hospital/Excela Health: (724) 832-4000 Outpatient

• Intravenous solutions • Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)* These items should be taken to a health care professional's office or to a hospital for proper disposal. • Hydrogen peroxide • Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)

• Iodine-containing medications • Thermometers • Alcohol & illegal drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.) *PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DROP OFF LOCATION FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ITEMS ACCEPTED OR NOT ACCEPTED.

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Mt. Pleasant Borough PD: 724-547-7210 Penn Township PD: 724-863-1119 Wmd. County Park Police 724-830-3469 For a complete list of sites in the County: www.ddap.pa.gov/Prevention/ Pages/Drug_Take_Back.aspx Preparing items for disposal at a MedReturn location: • All pharmaceutical drugs to be disposed must be in a sealed container such as the original container or a zip-lock bag. They cannot be put into the MedReturn box loose. • Liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container. • Personal information should be removed or blotted out with a permanent marker.

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Hempfield Area School District A Revitalized High School Will Benefit Students, Staff, and the Community

study in 2019 and then a comprehensive district-wide feasibility study completed in November 2021. This led to three potential options: renovate, revitalize or reimagine. Renovate means a cosmetic improvement with By Dr. Tammy S. Wolicki, Superintendent new painting, upgrading some finishes and An article a few years replacing the roof and windows. Revitalize ago in Education means stripping the building down to its Week (America’s most structural system and replacing everything trusted resource for as new. The Reimagine option was to build K-12 education news a brand-new building in close proximity and and information using some of the space of the current one. with more than 16 After much consideration and discussion— million readers) and input from the community via town stated school facilities hall meetings—the school board voted on are essential when it March 8, 2022, to revitalize the existing comes to learning. building. The District has also hired Core The article discussed a research paper concluding that “school facility investments lead to modest, gradual improvements in student test scores, large immediate improvements in student attendance, and significant improvements in student effort.”

A high school facility is important to any school district as well as the community it serves. The current Hempfield Area High School was built in 1956 and has undergone multiple renovations through the decades including the most recent addition of the field house sixteen years ago in 2006. The building has served us well, but there are issues needing to be addressed. The Hempfield Area School District administration and school board have taken an approach of considering multiple options to bring our high school to today’s standards and to position us well for many years in the future. The process for a new high school commenced with a demographic

Architects for design services and SitelogIQ for construction and management services.

The revitalized Hempfield Area High School will improve the learning environment and technology/innovation, increase safety, security, and accessibility while replacing the building envelope and HVAC system for a building that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable. All of this comes at a cost higher than the basic renovation option but significantly lower than new construction. It is important to note the final payment on the District’s current debt service was scheduled for 2026. On April 4, 2022, the Hempfield Area Board of School Directors approved the borrowing of $110 million. The annual debt payment will include the remaining debt owed and be maintained at the current payment amount thus having little or no impact to current taxpayer contributions. NEXT PAGE Arrow-circle-right

THE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED THAT REVITALIZATION WAS THE BEST OPTION FOR MULTIPLE REASONS: 1 Revitalizing provides all the

benefits of a new school without some of the disadvantages of new construction. The current high school campus includes limited space for new construction and much of what exists is being used for athletics and comprised of fill. The area identified for a potential site would require tests to assure that the site and soil would be suitable for new construction. Additionally, new construction is impacted more by weather conditions than revitalization which can cause delays.

2 New construction is much more expensive and requires materials and workers that may be limited in supply, given the current economy. Revitalization provides the opportunity to use current steel beams, concrete pads, and other reusable materials. 3

Revitalizing the existing building keeps the current square footage and availability of existing large-group areas such as the auditorium and cafeteria but with dramatic enhancements. Some existing areas, such as the mini theater, would be cost prohibitive to build new today.

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Hempfield Area School District Let’s break down each area of improvement.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT The delivery of education has changed quite a bit over the past 66 years since the high school was built. Education is no longer students seated in rows in a classroom listening to lectures from a single printed textbook and then recalling the information on tests and assessments. Students are engaged in collaborative learning that requires communication, research, problem solving, and application. Flexible space is needed as students work in groups and use technology to access information from multiple sources. Students at the high school now use either a Chromebook or other personal computer requiring reliable WIFI. There are needs for charging areas and printing capabilities throughout the building. Interactive panels, rather than chalkboards and dry erase boards, allow teachers and students to display, share screens, and engage with touch screen capabilities. New technology will allow faculty and students to display school and student news, upcoming events, and a variety of student-produced work. In addition to flexible, large group areas, the revitalized building will include spaces to provide small group and individualized supports and services. These include areas for special education services, English Language Learners instruction, school counseling, behavioral support, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. As today’s students are engaging in more collaboration, teachers are as well. Space for teachers and staff to collaborate will be considered as part of the design phase. SAFETY & SECURITY Currently, the main entrance is not readily recognized without signage. As Ryan Pierce, Principal Architect at Core Architects said, “if you have to label it as the main entrance, you don’t have a main entrance.“ Consideration will be given not only to the location of the main entrance, but also to the design preventing visitors from entering the school without authorization. Newer safety features will be used to enhance security and access control while limiting accessibility to the entire school by visitors. In large, sprawling facilities like high schools, security measures including cameras, door locks, and door alarms will be considered. We will look at how to make the athletic complex, gymnasium, pool, and other facilities closer and more cohesive while limiting access to the rest of the building after hours. Traffic flow is another major challenge around the high school. The design process will take into account how to alleviate traffic congestion on Spartan Lane as students arrive for school and leave at the end of the day. ACCESSIBILITY The design will focus on meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and easier access for all students. For example, ADA rules did not apply when the pool was originally constructed. As a result, the pool has limited accessibility for wheelchairs. A new swimming pool will likely be built near the field house that will be accessible for students, community members, and those with disabilities. Improvements will be made to the current hallways so they aren’t as narrow and possibly plan for more than a single elevator in the building. ENERGY EFFICIENCY & SUSTAINABILITY The new design will allow for much more natural light in the building. Additionally, there will be energy-efficient LED lighting and sensors to turn off energy-using items when rooms are not in use. More efficient HVAC equipment will be installed, providing better heating and cooling while reducing the amount of energy used and associated costs. Modern technology also enables sensors and instant notification to detect and communicate system failures. Restrooms will be equipped with motion detectors for lighting, sinks, and toilets, providing for a better, touch-free user experience, and reducing usage of paper and soap products. There have also been ongoing issues with the flat roof on the building and water leaks. There are now better options for engineering and materials for flat roofs increasing their performance and effectiveness.

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Hempfield Area School District NEXT STEPS

The architectural design phase is currently underway and will take place over the next twelve to eighteen months. Steering committees have been implemented to gather input for the design of the space. There is an operational steering committee to address items such as food service, transportation, health services, technology, security and more. An educational steering committee will give input to assure the space fits the vision for instructional practices. If everything stays on schedule, and building materials are available when needed, construction is estimated to begin in June 2023. We are confident this investment in our high school will pay dividends for our students, staff, and community for many decades to come. According to Kathy Charlton, Hempfield Area High School Principal, “The revitalization will increase the level of pride and motivation for our students and staff and instill a feeling of community that will unite our families.” For more information, please visit our website at www.hasdpa.net and navigate to Our District>Construction/Renovation Projects.

HEMPFIELD AREA HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT TIMELINE Demographic Study Completed November 2019

District-Wide Feasibility Study May - November 2021

KnowledgeBased Workshops July 2021

Town-Hall Meetings January - March 2022

Design April November 2022

Revitalize Option Selection March 2022

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Hempfield Area School District

Harrold Middle School Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports The great work of Harrold Middle School staff in the implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) has received recognition and an invitation to share with others across the state. The school team recently had the opportunity to present on their Tiered Intervention Program to provide academic and behavioral support at this year’s PAMLE (Pennsylvania Association for Mid Level Educators) Conference held at State College PA on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Participants learned the three-tiered approach to promote academic and behavioral success for all students.

The Harrold PBIS Team presenting at the PAMLE conference consisted of Dominique Singer, Emotional Support Teacher; Judy Varacalli, School Counselor; Janine Hays, Librarian; Michelle Duboy, 7th Grade Math Teacher; Jennifer Purkiss, High School Dean of Students; and Jason Lochner, Harrold Middle School Principal TIER 3: The most intensive support is called “Check and Connect” and includes the smallest number of students. One of the hallmarks of Tier 3 is that a dedicated mentor meets for approximately an hour each week; thirty minutes at the beginning of the week and thirty minutes at the end of the week. Students and mentors work together to track data as they monitor three indicators of progress; academics, behavior, and course completion. There is also a significant parent component with students receiving a weekly report. Additionally, parents and families are invited to the school several times a year to meet with mentors and learn about the efforts and progress of the students. The Check and Connect Program was supported by a grant the school received for $25,000 over three school years.

TIER 1: All students receive instruction and explicit expectations on how to be Safe, Responsible, and Respectful in key areas of the school environment. Expectations of behaviors when in areas such as the cafeteria, hallways, restrooms, etc. are included at the start of the school year and are retaught as needed. Positive reinforcement is provided with an incentive-based strategy, rewarding students for their hard work and efforts as they demonstrate the expected behaviors. TIER 2: Students who have increased academic and/or behavior needs are supported through a program called “Check In Check Out.” Students in Tier 2 are assigned a teacher mentor to check in with daily. Mentors communicate weekly with parents on progress. Each student has customized goals and is rewarded for making both daily and weekly progress.

After the conference, numerous participants contacted the Harrold PBIS team for support and guidance as they implemented the Tiered Interventions approach at their schools.

Kindergarten and PreK Counts Registration Open The Hempfield Area School District is now accepting registrations for the 2022-2023 school year for Kindergarten and its PreK Counts Program. Kindergarten registration is completed online and can be found on the district's website by selecting “Student Registration” on the home screen. Welcoming the class of 2035 to the Spartan community, each elementory building will have a Kindergarten Transition Night on April 20th at 6:00 PM for students who are fully registered by that date. The evening will consist of station activities for the children, parent information, and a bag of materials with activities for continued preparation for kindergarten. This event is full of valuable information and insight into the kindergarten program. In addition to transition night, there will be group activities scheduled for our incoming kindergarten students shortly after the current school year ends, and an orientation will be held in August. More information will be provided for these events in the near future; be sure to watch our school websites for updates. The Hempfield Area School District PreK Counts Program is now accepting applications. This process is outlined on the district's website under "Academics," then PreK Counts and has specific requirements for enrollment. At this time our classroom is housed at West Hempfield Elementary School only. It is a full day program that meets five days a week and follows the Hempfield Area School District calendar. This program has limited enrollment seats that will fill quickly. If you are interested in the program, begin the application process outlined on the District’s website at www.hasdpa.net. Please contact Dr. Rieffannacht, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, at rieffannachtk@hasdpa.net if you have questions. 28


Hempfield Area School District Hempfield Area Welcomes Two Administrators to the Spartan Team! Dr. Tiffany Gratchic became the assistant high school principal for grade ten and replaces Mr. Steve DeLisle who retired in March 2020. Dr. Gratchic holds teaching certifications in art education (Grades K-12) and mathematics (Grades 7-12) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned an Administrative Principal Certification (PK-12) from Saint Vincent College and most recently earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University. She also holds a PA Medical License as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant (BSC) and Mobile Therapist (MT). Dr. Gratchic is a graduate of the Connellsville Area High School where she began her teaching career as a long term substitute. Her first contract position was with Brownsville Area School District teaching both art and math to middle school students as the Coordinator of the Alternative Education Program. Dr. Gratchic’s first administrative position was with the Derry Area Middle School where she became the principal in 2015. She has additional administrative experiences with Belle Vernon School District and Clairton City School District. In her free time Dr. Gratchic enjoys drawing, painting, swimming, bowling, playing volleyball, golfing, going to the gym, and simply being outdoors. She is looking forward to getting to know the students and supporting a positive learning environment that supports all students.

Dr. Dayna Sikora was hired as the Supervisor of Special Education, replacing Darla Bryant who resigned in January 2022 to join the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. Sikora’s passion for working with special education students began when she was a high school student working with students with an Autism diagnosis as a community job. Her interest led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and then a Master’s Degree and Principal Certification from California University of Pennsylvania. She also received recognition as a National Certified School Psychologist while attending California University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Doctorate of Education and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Point Park University. Similar to Dr. Gratchic, Dr. Sikora has experience in behavioral health as she held positions of a case manager, Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS), and outpatient therapist. After completing her school psychology degree, she began her career in Casper, Wyoming, before returning to Pennsylvania and joining the Duquesne City School District and then Baldwin Whitehall School District. She joined Belle Vernon School District as the Special Education Coordinator. Prior to joining the Hempfield Area team, she was the Director of Pupil Services for the Sto-Rox School District. As a member of the Spartan team, Dr. Sikora looks forward to collaborating with students, families, and the community. “When someone talks about going to work everyday, I believe that I have found my calling, and I do not view it as work but as a lifelong journey to continue to be able to help individuals succeed and become successful citizens,” states Dr. Sikora. Dr. Sikora’s interests include keeping up to date on special education best practices, laws and procedures, reading, sewing, and traveling. She enjoys comedy, outdoor activities, and spending time with her two children. Her son, Trusson, is twelve and enjoys playing soccer. Her daughter, Loclyn, is nine and enjoys playing lacrosse and singing. We welcome Dr. Gratchic and Dr. Sikora to Hempfield Area and look forward to having them support the mission of the District as we engage and educate all students for personal success through a shared responsibility with the student, family, and community in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment.

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Hempfield Area School District Hempfield Area High School MARCH (Making a Real Change at Hempfield) Club The MARCH Club was created in 2021 at the Council on Substance Abuse and Youth (CSAY) Summit that was held virtually with local districts in the county. Prior to the MARCH Club inception, students participated in Students Against Destructive DecisionMaking Club (SADD); however, due to lack of participation the club was not active. Standing for "Making a Real Change at Hempfield,” the MARCH Club has gathered just over forty students who want to make a real change at Hempfield (given the name!). The goal of the club is to provide our students with information and the tools for a healthy mental mindset in all aspects. This could be the prevention of drugs

and alcohol or simply healthy stress releases. The group's current project, "The Notebook Project," is nearing completion and strives to give students a positive stress outlet through drawing, writing, and doodling! The club also participates in the yearly Youth Summit through CSAY and are planning to be a great support and contributor for the district’s first Hempfield Night Out. The group is also hoping to work with other elementary/middle schools to provide prevention projects and outreach. In addition, through a grant with the Westmoreland Alcohol and Drug Commission (WeDAC), students will be able to participate in radio commercials to spread their message.

Hempfield Students, Ashleigh and Madison LaRocque, at the 2022 CSAY Youth Summit

Students from all districts participated in the Youth Summit with guest speaker, Stephen Hill from “Speak Sobriety.”

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HEMPFIELD AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMEMORATIVE BRICK ORDER FORM

An engraved brick is a wonderful way to honor a graduate, teacher, sports team, or to memorialize someone special like a former teacher, coach, Hempfield Area graduate and/or others. Your brick will be permanently displayed on the front walk of the campus of Hempfield Area High School.

Ordered by: Address

Date: Phone: Email:

Please print information exactly as you would like it to appear on the paver brick.

Size: 6” x 9” Engraved $150.00

1-4 Lines

MAXIMUM: 13 Letters per line including spaces, hyphens, periods All proceeds from this project will directly benefit the Three “A’s” (Academics, Arts & Athletics) in Hempfield!

Mail your completed form along with a check made payable to: Hempfield Area School District Superintendent’s Office Hempfield Area School District 4347 State Route 136 Greensburg, PA 15601

Thank You for Your Support! Office Use Only Paid $____________ Check #___________ Date: ____________

Harrisburg: 717-612-9880 Fayette: 724-323-8020 Pittsburgh: 724-935-8188

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Indiana: 724-471-2246 Washington: 724-249-2603 Ft. Myers: 239-776-2908

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LIBRARY HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 10:00am to 8:00pm | Friday: Closed Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm | Sunday: Closed 237 S. PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, GREENSBURG, PA 15601 | 724-537-5620 | WWW.GHAL.ORG

GHAL is a non-profit organization founded in 1935 and funded by local, state and federal government resources, grants and generous donations. The Library provides free programs and services to all Greensburg, Hempfield Twp. and immediate surrounding area residents on this limited budget. Please encourage your local elected officials and organizations to support this valuable community resource. For more detailed information regarding GHAL’s operating costs, please contact Library Director Jamie Falo. Donations can be made online at www.ghal.org.

Summer programs at Greensburg Hempfield Area Library Encourage All Ages to Explore “Oceans of Possibilities” Greensburg, Pa. ( March 24, 2022) Families! Get ready for a wet, wild and wonderful summer filled with “Oceans of Possibilities” at Greensburg Hempfield Area Library. The Library’s summer programs are perfect for babies, toddlers, kids and teens to stay busy with fun, FREE and educational programs all summer.

Stage Right! Performances: The Library is pleased to offer two locations for families to enjoy performances by Stage Right! They will be back at St. Clair Park in Greensburg on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. AND at the Hempfield Twp. Park Amphitheater on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Bring the whole family for fun performances that relate to the “Oceans of Possibilities” theme. No registration required.

This is just a small sample of the fun in store. Make sure to follow GHAL on Facebook @GHALibrary, and check the Events Calendar at ghal.org for even more STEM activities, sewing, crafts, escape rooms, book clubs, etc. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 a.m. Programs fill up fast, so don’t miss your chance!

Stage Right! Mondays in the Park (St. Clair Park Amphitheater) at 1:00 p.m.:

June 13: When I Grow Up June 20: Oceans of Fun

Summer Kickoff Celebration!: All ages; Thursday, June 9 at St. Clair Park

July 11: Go Fish June 27: Pirates

July 18: Swamped July 25: To Be Determined

Stage Right! Wednesdays in the Park (Hempfield Twp. Park Amphitheater) at 10:00 a.m.:

Amphitheater in Greensburg at 11:00 a.m. Dive into the “Amazing Oceans” with Mad Science! This special science show teaching us about some of the many amazing creatures that live in the ocean. Get your new necklace for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and special bead only available at the Kickoff! Registration is recommended but not required.

June 15: When I Grow Up June 22: Oceans of Fun

July 13: Go Fish June 29: Pirates

July 21: Swamped July 27: To Be Determined

programS at greeNSBurg hempfield area liBrarY Baby Lapsit: Ages 5 - 17 months old. Thursdays, June 16 through July 28 from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. This story time is just for babies and their caregiver(s). GHAL will have stories, songs and rhymes for the littlest library friends. Registration required.

Pirate Escape Room: Ages 8 - 12 years old. Monday, June 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. OR 6:00 – 7 p.m. (Both sessions are the same; please choose one). Avast ye scurvy dogs! Captain Horrible’s map is locked in the box o’ doom! Can you and your friends solve the puzzles, figure out the clues and get to the map before the pirates do? Test your brains and bravery! Registration required.

Toddler Story Time: Ages 5 - 17 months old. Tuesdays, June 14 through July 26 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Both story times are the same; please choose one). This special story time is just for toddlers. Join Miss Katie and have some fun with songs, movement and stories. Registration required.

Tropical Paint and Sip with Camille: Ages 12 - 18 years old. Thursday, July 7 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy some tropical snacks and beverages as you paint. Follow along as Camille shows you how to use acrylic paints to paint your own tropical underwater scene featuring cute clownfish. Registration required.

Pre-School Story Time: Ages 3 - 5 years old. Mondays, June 13 through July 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (No story time July 4); OR Wednesdays, June 15 through July 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Both story times are the same; please choose one). Come join Miss Katie for fun with stories, crafts and more! Registration required.

Summer Reading Challenge: Get ready for a great new game! This year for the Summer Reading Challenge, it’s time to play Greensburg-opoly! From June 9 through August 8, you and your family will visit new, fun places in the greater Greensburg area as you collect all the properties on your Greensburg-opoly board!

Introducing Westmoreland Nature Backpacks!: Family program: ages 5 - 12 years old with caregiver(s). Monday June 13 at 6:00 p.m. The backpacks, which will be available to borrow at your local library, are filled with awesome tools like binoculars, bug catchers, and stream nets, as well as fun activities to help you explore nature and trails in Westmoreland County. This family-friendly interactive program will demonstrate how to use the equipment so you can start finding birds, exploring streams and identifying pollinators and insects! Registration required.

All you need to do to participate is download the free Beanstack app or visit the Library’s Beanstack site ghal.beanstack.org/ to create a free account. Once you create an account, join the Summer Reading Challenge. You can start earning digital badges and raffle tickets for prizes. The two ways to earn are keeping track of your minutes spent reading OR completing activities. Many of the activity badges will direct to you to visit some of the local attractions and businesses that make this region so special. Once you visit, grab the “secret code” for that location. It’s the only way to unlock that property’s badge! Once you find it, enter the code to earn the badge and raffle tickets! It’s a fun, free and easy way to celebrate summer and this area. Last summer, library families had a great time exploring new places.

Read to Succeed: Kindergarten Edition: For children entering Kindergarten in

fall 2022. Wednesdays, June 22 through July 27 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join GHAL for a fun program for preschoolers! Each week explore a different theme with a fun book that each registered child gets to take home and keep, games, activities and a craft. This program is designed to expose preschoolers to foundational skills needed for kindergarten success including fine motor skills, recognizing their names, letter recognition, number recognition, counting objects and shape recognition. Since skills are built upon each other, weekly participation is encouraged, so please only register if you are able to commit to most of the 6 sessions. This program will be taught by a local kindergarten teacher. This program is sponsored by the Greensburg Kiwanis Club. Registration required.

Don’t worry Grown-ups! Greensburg-opoly is for you too! Check out fun local treasures as you earn chances to win great prizes.

Save the Date: End of Summer Celebration will be at Hempfield Park on Thursday, August 4! All families of children completing the Summer Reading Challenge will be invited! 27 33


programS at YouNgWood area puBlic liBrarY Register for YAPL programs at https://www.ghal.org/youngwood-area-public-library/about/ Toddler Storytime: Ages 18 months to 3 years old. Tuesdays, June 14 through July 26 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. This special storytime is just for toddlers. Join Miss Patty and have some fun with songs, movement and stories. Registration required.

Outdoor Storytime with Miss Patty: Families with young children are invited Fridays, June 17 through July 29 at 9:30 a.m. at Youngwood Playground next, to the Library and borough building, to hear stories outside and have fun with Miss Patty (weather permittingcanceled if raining)!

Pre-School Storytime: Ages 3 - 5 years old. Tuesdays, June 14 through July 26 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. Join Miss Patty for fun with stories, crafts and more! Registration required.

adult programS at greeNSBurg hempfield area liBrarY Library Book Discussion:

GHAL at the Greensburg Night Markets: The popular Greensburg Night Markets will be even bigger and better this year! The market will stretch all the way down to the Library where they will have a booth featuring free activities for kids and Library card sign ups. GHAL also will be selling used books, vintage library shirts and special totes that are perfect for market shopping. Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Market stays open until 9:00 p.m.) Thursday, July 28, 2022 Thursday, August 25, 2022

“The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” A Novel” by Heather Terrell. Thursday, June 8, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Library.

Greenhouse Winery Book Discussion:

“Protect and Defend” by Richard North Patterson. Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Westmoreland Mall location of Greenhouse Winery.

Folk Music and Sea Shanties: July 5, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Library. "Andy & Judy put the fun back in folk music. In a style reminiscent of the classic hootenanny, the duo delights with original songs and playful stage banter on a surprising range of instruments, with engaging melodies that keep audiences smiling and singing along." - Stephen Ide, artistic director, Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield, MA.

Summer Used Book Sale: August 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. August 4 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. $5 Bag Sales: August 6 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Keep checking the Event Calendar at ghal.org for more programs and events including Floral School, Back to School Bash and Hempfield’s Night Out on August 4th.

This program may be funded in part through a grant from the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation (application pending).

GREENSBURG HEMPFIELD AREA LIBRARY BINGO RETURNS AFTER 2 YEARS HIATUS The “Lucky 7th Annual Bingo Benefit – a fundraiser for Greensburg Hempfield Area Library” will be held Sunday, May 15 after the pandemic forced cancellation in 2020 and 2021, leaving a large deficit in the Library’s operating income.

$50.00 to a $1,000.00 jackpot series payout. In addition, door prizes, strip tickets, 50/50 and basket raffles increase participants’ odds of going home with some type of spoils.

One of the most beneficial fundraisers for the Library, Bingo also has become one of its most popular. To the disappointment of all, last year’s and the previous year’s Bingo had to be cancelled. “It was in the best interest for the safety of all staff, volunteers and attendees,” said Library Director Jamie Falo. Compensating for the financial loss was a challenge, but one Falo overcame strategically and creatively.

Greensburg Hempfield Area Library expects this year’s Bingo fundraiser to be the luckiest yet. In its seventh year, the event is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most entertaining since the Library started holding them in 2015. The “Lucky 7th Annual Bingo Benefit— a fundraiser for Greensburg Hempfield Area Library” will be Sunday, May 15 at the West Point Fire Hall located at 100 Volunteer Drive, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m.

Falo introduced no-contact fundraisers, applied for the Paycheck Protection Program, appealed to the public and sought out grants to maintain the Library’s services in a virtual capacity until in-person interaction once again was deemed safe.

A ticket for this year’s Bingo Benefit only is $25.00 per person and includes lunch, dauber and all cards needed for 24 different types of games with winnings ranging from

This year’s Bingo Benefit needs sponsors, donations and assistance with selling tickets. If you are interested in supporting the Library, this is one way to get involved. If you’d like to sponsor, donate or attend, contact Diane at 724-837-5620 or stop at the Library during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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HEMPFIELD AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 4347 Route 136 Greensburg, PA 15601

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