Headlining Hempfield - Fall 2022

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Comprehensive Plan Survey Results

Hempfield Fire Department's New Tanker 511

Hempfield's NIGHT OUT event

HASD's 50th Homecoming Queen

Access the Library from Home!



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January 2023 M T W T F Total 2 3 4 5 6 84 9 10 11 12 13 89 16 17 18 19 20 92 23 24 25 26 27 97 30 31 99 Color Coding Green Inservice Pink Teachers/Students Off Yellow Clerical Blue End of the 9 Weeks Beige Modified Half Day K-12 (Students Only) Red Act 80 Purple School Picnic

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First Snow Day:

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Second Snow Day:

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Third Snow Day:

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Fourth Snow Day

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Fifth Snow Day

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Act 80 Day:

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Last Day of School:

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Graduation Day: School Picnic

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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 Secretary bbretz@hempfieldtwp.org John Silvis Supervisor jsilvis@hempfieldtwp.org Township Staff Jason M. Winters Township Manager jwinters@hempfieldtwp.org Aaron K. Siko Assistant Township Manager & Director of Parks & Recreation asiko@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

Hempfield Township

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

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HEMPFIELD AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT Hempfield Area School District Board of Directors and Administration Dr. Tammy Wolicki Superintendent

Dr. Tony Bompiani Board President

Dr. Scott Learn Board Vice President

Dr. Matt Conner Assistant Superintendent

Mike Alfery Board Member

Jennifer Bretz Board Member

Diane Ciabattoni Board Member

Vince DeAugustine Board Member

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Jennifer Krivus School Board Secretary

Jerry Radebaugh Board Member

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Bob Reger Director of Human Resources

Dr. Jeanne Smith Board Member

Paul Ward Board Member

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Michael Korns Board Solicitor

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Dr. Kimberlie Rieffannacht Assistant Superintendent Elementary Education

Paul Schott Business Manager

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MISSION STATEMENT

Hempfield Area School District

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.

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With summer winding down and fall in full swing, our schedules are jam-packed with back-to-school events, sports, and business. Sometimes, getting back into the swing of regularly scheduled activities means there is less time for family fun. Hempfield Township has all of the space and activities you need to enjoy time together! Some of these opportunities include our Summer Concert Series, Movies at the Park, Fall Family Night, and Fire Prevention Night. These are just a few of the free events the Township offers to our residents. Our Hempfield of Tomorrow is one step closer and change and growth are recognized necessities of an ever-enduring community. Results of the Community Input Survey are in and can be viewed on page 5. We are still open to ideas and input from the residents of Hempfield Township in order to identify areas of growth and decline, infrastructure needs, opportunities for new parks, trails, and greenspace, and advancing our community’s public safety needs. Follow our process and latest updates as we continue to work to improve the fabric of our township.

As we continue to look to the future, the focus of the needs of the township will grow as a whole; meaning that as our community ages, we will need to continue to provide services for those residents but also look to create a welcoming and exciting place to call home for younger families and professionals. Our community boasts an excellent housing market, which continues to develop, with a low costof living, robust retail and dining options, world-class healthcare facilities, and a highly accomplished school district. We are proud to uphold these excellent services within our township. The Hempfield Fire Department is continuously working to improve public safety and has successfully increased the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating to a Class 4. Training is underway to ensure the new Tanker will be put into service for use by the department. Administration and volunteers are working to bolster response readiness by increasing training hours and testing apparatus.

We are celebrating our 250th anniversary in 2023! Please join us in celebrating this exciting milestone. Hempfield Township is looking for participants for planning community events and sharing interesting family, township, and business history. To become involved or to share information, e-mail us at Hempfield250@hempfieldtwp.org. “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” – Oscar Wilde

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Supervisors Message

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERVISORS:


Comprehensive Plan

One of the first steps in the planning process is gathering demographic data to create a snapshot of current community trends. A survey ran for all of April, May, and June to help gather this data. The survey received 1,079 responses and the questions spanned topics such as effective community assets, areas for improvement, and growth opportunities.

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

Respondents were asked to check boxes corresponding to which issues should be most important to Township government, officials, and staff. Of those who responded, 66% voted for Road Improvement Projects and 45% identified Park Improvement Projects were particularly valuable. Respondents who selected “Other” included answers such as creating a local police force, maintaining/lowering property taxes, and improving walkability.

As you have probably heard, work is underway to create a new Hempfield Township Comprehensive Plan! The Township, in partnership with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG), is developing this required document to guide how the Township moves forward as a thriving community, that is uniquely Hempfield. What issues do you think should be most important to Township government, officials, and staff? 0%

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Please take a look at some of the other responses gathered and be sure to check our social media for further opportunities to have your voice heard.

The Comprehensive Plan will be a living document designed to assess the current and future needs of Hempfield Township.

One of the first steps in the planning process is gathering demographic data to create a snapshot of current community trends. A survey ran for all of April, May, and June to help gather this data. The survey received 1,079 responses and the questions spanned topics such as effective community assets, areas for improvement, and growth opportunities.

Respondents were asked to check boxes corresponding to which issues should be most important to Township government, officials, and staff. Of those who responded, 66% voted for Road Improvement Projects and 45% identified Park Improvement Projects were particularly valuable. Respondents who selected “Other” included answers such as creating a local police force, maintaining/lowering property taxes, and improving walkability.

In addition, respondents evaluated several community assets and selected up to three they particularly valued in Hempfield Township. Parks and trails were the highestvalued asset, with 47% of respondents’ vote. Closely trailing parks was ‘My Neighborhood’, with 44% of the vote, and Local Schools with 39% of the vote. Those who voted “Other” included answers such as low taxes and the rural history of the region.

Please take a look at some of the other responses gathered and be sure to check our social media for further opportunities to have your voice heard.

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It is against Pennsylvania State Law to ride an all-terrain vehicle on State and Township roads and in Township parks, as is riding on private property without the consent of the owner. Also, all-terrain vehicles used for recreational purposes must be registered and titled with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

FIREWORKS

Although fireworks are legal to use in Hempfield Township we ask you that you use them responsibly and follow the below guidelines:

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. à We ask that you concluded your activities at a reasonable time as a courtesy to your neighbor(s).

à They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property (including roadways) without 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.

NO PARKING DURING SNOW REMOVAL:

It is prohibited to in the Township to hinder snow removal operations, streets must be kept clear to allow Hempfield Township Public Works crews to salt and plow them. Park your car off-street, if possible, especially when snow is predicted, our snow removal crews may not be able to fully clear the street for the safe passage of emergency vehicles and other traffic.

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Report a Concern

Building Permits

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.

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Community Development

ATV’S AND OFF-ROAD VEHICLES


Inclusive Playground

Township Cuts Ribbon on New Inclusive Playground Hempfield Township cut the ribbon on years of fun at the new Inclusive Playground at Hempfield Park! The playground features four inclusive play zones, including swings, music & motion, the dueling serpentine slide play tower, and the kinder tower featuring ramped access. This $450,000 project would not have been possible without the support of the Township through the Hempfield Parks Fund, a Land & Water Conservation Fund grant from the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, and our Play Zone Captains! Take your family to Hempfield Park and enjoy this generational play experience.

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If you have any questions about the list of recyclable and non-recyclable materials below, please call Customer Service. Glass is now categorized as NON-RECYCLABLE, as are Types 3-7 Plastics. There is no market to sell the recycling into so it is going to the landfill by way of the recycling center, creating a greater environmental impact than it would if placed directly in the trash.

The two types of plastic that are still recyclable are Types 1 & 2, which are among the most common. Examples of Type 1 are soda bottles, water bottles, salad dressing bottles and cooking oil bottles (bottles you drink from or that hold consumables). Some examples of Type 2 are milk and juice jugs, shampoo, conditioner or bodywash bottles and laundry detergents containers. Neither of these lists are comprehensive, so be sure to check each container for the recycling logo and the codes PET or PETE for Type 1 and PEHD or HDPE for Type 2. If the container has any of these codes, it is recyclable. If they have a different code, please put it in the trash.

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Public Safety

HEMPFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT INVESTS IN THE FLEET WITH TANKER 511

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n May of 2022, Hempfield Township took delivery of a Sutphen 2500-gallon tanker. This unit was manufactured at the Sutphen East Facility in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. A committee made up of Hempfield Fire Department members from the North Hempfield Station devoted countless hours to this project, including several factory trips. The new unit has seating for 6 firefighters and features a 2000-gallon minute pump, 30 gallons of Class A foam, and a 3000-gallon portable tank along with countless tools of the trade. Tanker 511 will be responding out of the Hempfield Fire Department North Hempfield Station. This apparatus is scheduled to be in service at the beginning of August, following extensive operator training.

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fire department is by running into burning buildings, but in fact, there are many disciplines in the fire service that interested individuals can excel 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.

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FIRE & LIFE SAFETY INSPECTION PROGRAM

he Fire and Life Safety Inspection Program was created in 2015 by Township ordinance. The program’s primary objective is to provide fire and life safety education to the community through coordinated risk reduction efforts. These preventative techniques are paramount within the fire service. The Fire and Life Safety Program is designed to educate local businesses and facilities on the importance of maintaining, testing, and keeping records of the installed fire suppression systems, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and communication equipment. It is also designed to provide guidance regarding the appropriate building components such as fire-rated assemblies, electrical and mechanical systems, emergency exit signs and lighting, exit doors and pathways, and the storage of combustible, flammable, and hazardous materials. With members of the Hempfield Fire Department servicing as Fire and Life Safety consultants, they will inspect the building or facility, providing education on actions needed in the event of an emergency. The program results in the reduction of injuries, life and property loss, and a safer community. Should you have any additional questions or to set up an inspection please contact the Hempfield Fire Department at (724) 834-7232 ext. 320.

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• 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. • 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. • 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. • Maintain the grass height in your yard at 3 inches or more. Longer grass is healthier and requires less fertilizer. • If using fertilizers or pesticides, always follow the directions and never apply immediately before a rain storm. • If draining your pool, allow your pool to dechlorinate first by keeping it uncovered and waiting at least ten (10) days after its last chlorination to allow the chlorine to dissipate into the air.

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Public Works

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:


Summer Park Events

Summer Concert Series at Hempfield Park 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 AUGUST 27

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Movies at the Park

Join us at the Smail Auto Group Amphitheater at Hempfield Park for our 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! Encanto August 19

Field of Dreams September 10

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”.

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!

South American treats will be available!

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That's a Wrap!

Registration required and light refreshments provided. participated in numerous activities that expanded their horizons and promoted growth and development. From playing on the new playground, to learning parkour, to learning cricket, to making sock gnomes they learned, explored and grew. The camp experience allowed campers to get out of their comfort zone, meet new people and have fun at the same time! In addition to our campers; our Counselors in Training were crucial to the daily success of camp, they helped with lunches, field activities and so much more all while enjoying the outdoors and learning great leadership skills.

Another camp season is in the books and it was a great one at that! We had such a positive outpouring of support from the community as we updated our camp experience for campers, families and staff. To our dynamic staff who worked tirelessly to ensure every camper had a safe and fun camp experience for eleven weeks we are so grateful. Our team of 16 began in early June planning and learning with special guests including Mutual Aid and The Rogers Institute. They showed up early, energized and ready for the day. They got to know each camper as individuals and connected in meaningful ways. From making special projects, to singing special songs, to dressing up on spirit days they did it all! They are a terrific bunch and we are grateful for each one’s dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.

To our camp parents we could not do this without you and are so grateful for your trust, support and encouragement throughout the summer season. And lastly to our supporters who helped us throughout camp. To the local businesses that welcomed hundreds of children for field trips, the Youngwood Park & Pool, DMJ Transportation, the Best of the Best Pizza sponsor/winner Gianelli’s I and field trip sponsor Windswept, THANK YOU!

To our campers who are the reason we do what we do! These kids were excited and ready for anything each day of the summer. Throughout the summer campers

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Monday Winter Games

REGISTER ONLINE

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Ice Skating

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.

Friday Winter Movie

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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Camp Corner

Parent Roundtables We would love to hear from you at our Parent Roundtables! Join us on September 7th or 8th at 8:00PM at Pavilion E.


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SPEND FALL WITH HEMPFIELD PARKS & RECREATION!

EASY WAYS TO REGISTER

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.

IN PERSON

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

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.

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

Instructor: Penne Steiger

Age: 18+

Fee: $50.00 Dates: 10/3 - 12/12 Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Twp. Building Public Meeting Room

ZUMBA TONING Zumba Toning brings the fun and flavor of Zumba Fitness as we move and groove to Latin and world rhythms but adds an 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. SESSION 1 Instructor: Candice Graytok Age: 18+ Fee: $50.00

SESSION 2 Instructor: Candice Graytok Age: 18+

Time: 7:00 PM

Fee: $35.00

Dates: Thursdays, 9/29 - 11/17

Time: 7:00 PM

Dates: Thursdays 12/1 - 12/29

Location: Hempfield Twp. Athletic Complex

Location: Hempfield Twp. Athletic Complex

ZUMBA FITNESS Zumba Fitness takes the "work" out of the workout by mixing low and high-intensity moves for an interval-style 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. SESSION 1 Instructor: Candice Graytok Age: 18+ Fee: $50.00

SESSION 2 Instructor: Candice Graytok Age: 18+

Time: 7:00 PM

Fee: $35.00

Dates: Tuesdays, 9/27 - 11/15

Time: 7:00 PM

Dates: Tuesdays 11/22 - 12/19

Location: Twp. Building Public Meeting Room

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Instructor: Alexis Duncan

Dates: 10/6 - 10/27

Age: 18+

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Fee: $60.00

Location: Hempfield Twp. Athletic Complex

LUNCH & LEARN Join us for a speaker and lunch on the second Wednesday of each month.

Age: 55+

Time: 12:00 PM

Fee: $20.00

Location: Twp. Building Public Meeting Room

BUNCO BUNCH Come play Bunco and make friends. Light refreshments provided. Don’t know how to play? That’s ok, we’ll teach you!

Age: 55+

Time: 4:00 PM

Fee: $10.00

Location: Twp. Building Public Meeting Room

Dates: 9/14, 10/12, 11/9

Dates: 9/22, 10/21, 11/18

SIP & SERVE In honor of Veterans Day join us as we make paracord bracelets for active military through Operation Gratitude while enjoying a hot drinks bar that will include.

Age: All Ages

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fee: $5.00

Location: Hempfield Twp. Athletic Complex

Dates: Friday, 11/4

GETTING PAID TO TALK A great class for anyone who has been told they have a good voice; those who use their voice prominently in their occupations; people with musical or theater background; or anyone who is interested in how voice overs work and how people get started.

Age: 18+ Fee: $30.00 Dates: November 13

FORT LIGONIER DAYS BUS TRIP Let us drive you to Ligonier for the day to enjoy Fort Ligonier Days. Enjoy hundreds of artisans, food vendors and more! Snacks provided on the bus to and from the fair. Bus departs from Hempfield Township Athletic Complex at 9AM and will return at 6PM.

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Instructor: Voice Coaches Time: 6:30 PM Location: Virtual

Age: All Ages Fee: $15 per person Dates: Saturday, 10/15

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INTRODUCTION TO PICKLEBALL Introduction to Pickleball helping adults learn skills, drill, rules of the game of Pickleball. Supervised play by a highly ranked Pickleball instructor.


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ARROW-CIRCLE-LEFT CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE CREATING DIGITAL ART WITH JAVASCRIPT Paint and tell a story from your perspective all with code. Express your creative side by learning how to create gripping animations and transitions using Javascript. With a snap, you’d create interactive web-based animations that look really cool! In this course, students have used code to simulate a sunrise and sunset, simulate the Fibonacci sequence, recreate the classic snake and pong games that can be played directly in the browser. Amazing stuff for your portfolio!

Instructor: Codewiz

Age: 10+

Fee: $150.00 Dates: 9/13 - 10/18 Time: 5 - 6 PM Location: Virtual

MINECRAFT WORLD BUILDER Minecraft economy has never been as exciting as Minecraft World Builder, in this class you will learn how to run a city, manage money, protect the environment, all within the 3D world of Minecraft! This class is not codingbased but more real-world economics, city planning, and life management! In Minecraft World Builder, you will be apart of a committee and learn to manage money by building onto your ever-growing city with your peers. All by using the Minecraft World Builder mods! Your child will learn Real-life money management, town designing, environment protection, public speaking, presentation skills, and economics all within the very popular 3D video game Minecraft. SESSION 1 Instructor: Codewiz Age: 6 - 12

SESSION 2 Instructor: Codewiz Age: 6 - 12

Fee: $150.00

Time: 5 - 6PM

Fee: $150.00

Time: 6:30 - 7:30PM

Dates: 10/25 - 11/29

Location: Virtual

Dates: 10/25 - 11/29

Location: Virtual

ROBLOX CODING Become a Roblox game wiz using Lua! Create versions of your fairytale universe with Roblox. Roblox studio has all the tools to make your wildest gaming imaginations a reality. In this camp, you and other passionate kids will learn how to make use of the many tools on Roblox to code terrific games, relaying your imaginative capabilities to the world. Through drag and drop techniques, you’ll be creating extensions to the Roblox game while fostering your creativity and learning real-world computer coding. Your child will learn How to program within Roblox Studio using the LUA programming language. They will learn how to use the Roblox Studio 3D game engine by designing a 3D world, scripting different objects, Debugging code, and by learning the life cycle of game development. SESSION 1 Instructor: Codewiz Age: 7 - 14

SESSION 2 Instructor: Codewiz Age: 7 - 14

Fee: $150.00

Time: 5 - 6PM

Fee: $150.00

Time: 6:30 - 7:30PM

Dates: 9/15 - 10/20

Location: Virtual

Dates: 10/25 - 11/29

Location: Virtual

TINY TAP & BALLET Does your little one want to learn dance but not sure if they will like it? This is the perfect class for them! This class is an 8 week program where students will learn the basics steps of tap and ballet, learn the correct dance terminology, learn 2 different dance routines AND have a recital for friends and family on the last day of class! No studio sign up, no costume payments, no 8 hour recital! Tap and ballet shoes are ENCOURAGED but not REQUIRED. 20

Instructor: INSTRUCTOR HERE Age: 4-7

Fee: $50

Dates: 9/22 - 11/10

Time: 6 - 7 PM

Location: Twp. Building Public Meeting Room


AQUATIC PROGRAMS Learn to swim program in conjunction with Kevin Cloughtery, Hempfield High School Varsity Swim Coach and Amy Gong, Hempfield Aqua Club Head Coach. This program is designed to offer youth 5 – 12 the opportunity to learn to swim safely, advanced skills, and progress to the next level. All classes will be held at Hempfield High School Swimming Pool and will be offered in 8 week sessions throughout the year. BEGINNERS: Children who have no previous instructional experience. Time: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Age: 8-11

Fee: $55

Dates: 9/22 - 11/10

Time: 7 - 8 PM

Location: Twp. Building Public Meeting Room

Instructor: Kevin Clougherty & Amy Gong Age: 5 -12

Fee: $65.00

Dates: September 25 – November 13 Location: Hempfield High School Swimming Pool INTERMEDIATE: Children refine the strokes they have learned and focus on using correct technique and building endurance. Time: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

CREATING WITH NATURE Join us as we find natural items throughout the park to create beautiful works of art! WILDLIFE EXPLORERS Learn and explore nature using all your senses!

Instructor: INSTRUCTOR HERE

Age: 5-10 Fee: $30.00 Dates: 9/6 - 9/27

ADVANCED: Children continue to review and improve their skills to move to the next level. Time: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Time: 5:00 PM Instructor: Marissa Haynes Location: Park Pavilion B

Age: 2 - 5 (parent participation) & 6 -10

Time: 2-5y/o: 9:00 -10:00 AM 6-10y/o: 5:00 PM

Fee: $30.00

Instructor: Marissa Haynes

Dates: 9/8 - 9/29

Location: Park Pavilion B

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YOUTH TAP & BALLET Does your child like to dance but not sure if a studio is right for them? This is an 8 week program that will teach students the basic/intermediate tap and ballet steps, the correct dance terminology, 2 different dance routines AND a recital for family and friends on the last day of class! No studio sign ups, no costume payments, no 8 hour recital! No experience necessary! Tap and ballet shoes are REQUIRED for this class.


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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: January 1, January 15, April 15, May 30, July 4, September 5, November 11 + 24, December 25

HTAC HOURS: April - October: November - March: Monday – Sat.: 8am – 8pm Monday – Sat.: 8am – 10pm Sunday:12pm – 8pm Sunday:12pm – 8pm Closed Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day

MEMBERSHIP CARDS: Anyone attending HTAC to use the walking track, open court, participating in Adult Pick Up Sports, or Excersise Classes MUST have a HTAC Members 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: Birthday Parties Open Court Time » $150.00 up to 32 children $5.00 per entry » Includes use of one full size court, variety of sports equipment, Availability subject to change daily tables and chairs Full Court Hourly Rentals: » $50.00 per hour per court

Full building rentals are available, please contact us for more information (724) 834-7232 Extension: 1. Pavilion rentals for 2023 will open on January 1st for Hempfield Residents and January 8th for Non Hempfield Residents. Pavilion rentals can be done online or in person during business hours.

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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Community News CITIZEN AND BUSINESS PARTICIPATION IN INTERNET SPEED SURVEY CRITICAL FOR BROADBAND EXPANSION IN WESTMORELAND COUNTY

Access to high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. With broadband access, children can participate in online learning, residents can access healthcare, businesses can expand operations, and families can be better connected.

Fast, affordable, and reliable Internet service is unavailable in parts of 65% of Westmoreland County municipalities, yet it is needed to thrive in today’s virtual world. That’s why your participation in the county’s Internet Speed Test Survey is critical. To ensure accurate speed test data, the resident or business owner must take the survey from their Wi-Fi to test the Internet speed from that location. Countywide participation will directly contribute to ensuring that all parts of Westmoreland County are connected.

The survey is part of Westmoreland County Planning and Development’s Broadband Data Collection and Feasibility Study which will identify homes and businesses with limited or no broadband access. These locations will be inventoried based on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data, boundaries of census blocks where service likely ends, and locations that are distant from roads and other communities.

The county has contracted with Michael Baker International to perform this inventory. Two field teams driving Michael Baker International vehicles will place door hangers at the entryway of locations being surveyed for low connectivity. Take the speed test survey to help close the digital divide and get your home or business connected. For more information on the Westmoreland Broadband initiative, visit WestmorelandBroadband.org.

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Hempfield Holds First An

Hempfield Township & Hempfield Area School District joined together to facilitate the first annual Hempfield Night Out on Thursday, August 4, 2022. The event is based on the National Night Out that was established to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while promoting a sense of community. After the past two years dealing with the pandemic, the event promoted unity, honored first responders and provided resources for families and community members. The committee, chaired by Dr. Lisa Maloney from Hempfield Area School District, and co-chaired by Julie Lovis from Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission (WeDAC), collaborated over the past year to plan the community event that promotes wellness and showcases first responders. Committee members included representatives from the Hempfield Area School District, Hempfield Township Supervisors, Hempfield Fire Department, Westmoreland

"...established to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while promoting a sense of community."


nnual "Night Out" Event

County Coroner's Office, Juvenile Probation, WeDAC, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Council on Substance Abuse and Youth (CSAY) and various other individual community members. Local agencies, community members, and businesses provided sponsorships and donations to create an unforgettable evening of community togetherness. The event included a Kids Korner with activities for the family, a large variety of food trucks, basket raffles, and bike raffles. The event concluded with a fireworks display. According to Dr. Maloney, “there was a definite energy around the purpose of the event which led to a memorable experience for our vendors, first responders, community agencies and attendees.” The success of the event has committee members already looking forward to next year’s Hempfield Night Out in 2023.


The Revitalization of the Hempfield Area High School Is Underway

“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door,” is a quote by Confucius. The preconstruction process of the revitalization of the Hempfield Area High School is projected to take nearly a year but will surely be time well spent. Pete Szymanski, Principal Architect for Core Architects, is leading the design process and has met over the past several months with teachers, administrators, department leaders, school board members, parents and students. Szymanski’s primary focus is to study how the current high school does and does not meet the needs of those who use the space and to use this knowledge to design the space to best meet these needs. The design process involves four classifications of work and the estimated time frames are detailed for each. check-circle Programming: Completed June 2022 HOURGLASS-HALF Schematic Design: June - August 2022 BRIEFCASE Design Development: September - December 2022 DRAFTING-COMPASS Construction Documents: January - April 2023 The Programming phase began in February 2022 with large and small group meetings. Town Hall meetings provided a means of gathering information from community members, including students, as the options of a new school, revitalization or renovation were discussed. Mr. Szymanski met with teachers to learn the needs of each academic area. He met with the leaders of operational departments,

such as food service, health, counseling, security, information technology and custodial. These conversations led to the identification of the types, number and dimensions of spaces. Storage areas, the number of restrooms, and the number and size of large-and small-group areas were identified. Athletic needs including space for storage of equipment were discussed. The many hours dedicated to carefully identifying needs led to the completion of the programming phase, and the details support the development of the schematic design. The Schematic Design will use the “footprint” of the high school for “blocking and stacking,” or strategically identify the potential use of space based on the outcomes of the programming. The determination for locations took into consideration the interactions of the departments, safety needs and accessibility. The current high school currently lacks an easily identifiable main entrance and is secured by locked exterior doors monitored by school police. The plan is to relocate the main entrance to provide a more-controlled area of access within the proximity of the high school administration offices, the health suite and the school guidance offices. An identified need that will be addressed as the design process continues will be the flow of traffic around the school and the locations of designated parking for students and staff. The Design Development phase will further develop the drawings from the Schematic Design phase as additional details are determined.

SitelogiQ, the construction management team, will involve the engineers in working closely with the architects as the designs

develop. Consultants have been secured to provide support for the kitchen, natatorium and theater. The site and civil engineers selected for the project are HRG (Herbert, Rowland, & Grubic) Inc., and their work will also support the Design Development phase. Equipment and materials will be selected. The collaboration among all consultants, architects, engineers and the District staff will be paramount to the success of the project. The final pre-construction phase includes the development of the construction documents that will provide the detail necessary for the project construction. The time and effort of all stages of the development process are critical to the outcome of the final project.

The revitalization option was projected to cost a range of $97 million to $110 million when proposed by SitelogiQ in March 2021. The state of the economy, material and fuel costs and supply demands will impact the costs, and the school board is anticipating receiving an updated estimate once the schematic design phase is completed. Estimates were initially generated based on square footage and final costs of similar projects. The current footprint of the high school includes approximately 300,000 square feet, and the addition of the competition gymnasium, natatorium and associated spaces will include 75,000 additional square footage. As the plans become more detailed through each phase of development, a more accurate cost assessment will be defined.


Hempfield Area School District

The Spartan Transition Center The Hempfield Area School District Spartan Transition Center has opened! The Transition Center had its grand opening on May 12, 2022. The center is located at the Hempfield Area bus garage and was developed to meet the academic, career, vocational and independent living goals of the district’s special education students. The Transition Center offers a space where high school special education students can actively participate and practice skills and tasks that are required for careers and basic daily living. The Spartan Transition Center supports the development of skills independently as well as in small group settings. The center offers students the opportunity to complete prevocational, office, culinary, and retail department tasks. The setup is complete with a time clock, cash register, and full kitchen. The center also provides students

with independent living skills in the areas of communication, functional academics, self-direction, leisure, social skills, community use, home/school living, health and safety, self-care, and fine and gross motor skills. Some of the center's activities consist of learning how to utilize a washer and dryer, cooking a meal, and using a vacuum. Students have and will continue to participate in projects such as painting a room, packing to move, and working to create small business opportunities. The Spartan Transition Center is equipped with a sensory room, locker room, and full office. The district is thankful for the many donations given to support the development of the center. In addition to benefiting special education students, high school students considering careers such as social work or education will have the chance to enroll in classes that

Hempfield Area Distinguished Alumni Dr. Caleb Bupp

will enable them to work at the Transition Center to develop projects and create lasting friendships through social skills. The vision is for the Transition Center to become an inclusive environment where Hempfield Area High School students actively engage as mentors, buddies, project leaders, job coaches, and student learners. Collaboration is essential as students are prepared for competitive and supportive employment. The district seeks partnerships with local businesses for work opportunities and visits to share business skills. Future ideas include collaborating with the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (CWCTC) for different project based tasks including landscaping, STEM projects, physical fitness activities, interactive memory murals, and student recognition projects.

Dr. Bupp specializes in clinical genetics and dysmorphology, which means congenital differences such as birth defects. He is researching the genetic causes of autism and intellectual disabilities, work that could change the face of medical diagnosis and treatment. As a result of his work using genetic sequencing, Dr. Bupp discovered a mutation associated with a syndrome that causes an array of devastating abnormalities and symptoms. Dr. Bupp’s team collaborated to create a treatment plan for this condition which now carries his name, Bachmann-Bupp Syndrome. Dr. Bupp’s genetic research is making the quality of life significantly better for his young patients and their families across the world. Dr. Bupp has also been instrumental in the formation of the Rare Disease Network. This network serves as a means to connect patients and families touched by rare diseases. Through this resource, patients can access community resources, education, and research. It also connects patients and families so they can participate in a yearly Rare Disease Day Symposium. Dr. Bupp enjoys running, biking, and swimming when he has an opportunity to step away from the pressure of his profession. He is very active in his church and especially enjoys working with the youth group and young adults. He is married and is the father of a son and daughter. The speech Dr. Bupp shared with the graduates of the class of 2022 is linked on the Hempfield Area High School website.

The Hempfield Area School District recognizes “Distinguished Alumni” and displays a photograph of each on the “Wall of Fame” currently located in the foyer of the High School. Alumni may be nominated using an application available on the District’s website. Inductees are individuals who have distinguished themselves at the top of their field and have achieved a distinction that goes beyond personal gain. A committee reviews nominations annually for this prestigious recognition. Dr. Caleb Bupp, M.D. was recognized as a distinguished alumni during the graduation ceremony for the class of 2022. He is a 2001 graduate who attended Grove City College for his undergraduate studies with an emphasis on Molecular Biology. After graduating from Grove City, Dr. Bupp earned his medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Ohio. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky followed by a residency in medical genetics at the Greenwood Genetic Center for South Carolina. He is now a medical geneticist and division chief at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 29


Hempfield Area School District Class of 2022

The class of 2022 earned a one year total of $1.22 million in awards and scholarships, projected to be $4.01 million over a four year college or university experience. The five students earning the highest grade point average for the class of 2022 are Cole J. Frederickson, Jordan D. Henehan, Rachel E. Ryan, Nolan R. Stamford, and Rachel K. Tinney. Cole Frederickson

Duke University - Neuroscience and/or Computer Science

Jordan Henehan St. Francis - Physician Assistant Rachel Ryan Miami University of Ohio - Biology Nolan Stamford Bucknell University - Biochemistry

Pictured from left to right are Cole J. Frederickson, Jordan D. Henehan, Rachel E. Ryan, Nolan R. Stamford and Rachel K. Tinney

Rachel Tinney Robert Morris - Statistics Data Science

National Merit

The prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program is a highly competitive country-wide academic competition. Of the 1.5 million entrants, approximately 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/ NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Six Hempfield Area students qualified, receiving “Commended” recognition and include Cole Frederickson, Sean Gordon, Jordan Henehan, Leah Kern, Samuel Radziwon, and Daniel Sierk. Sean Gordon plans to attend Penn State University majoring in actuarial science. Leah Kern plans on attending the University of Notre Dame majoring in civil engineering. Samuel Radziwon plans on attending CMU majoring in mechanical engineering. Daniel Sierk plans on attending Bucknell University majoring in mechanical engineering.

Approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers are notified that they have qualified as “Semifinalists”. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Semifinalists may advance to “Finalist” by submitting a scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores confirming their qualifying test performance. Hempfield Area School District is proud to share that Noah Lohr was named as a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Noah Lohr received notice that he has advanced to Finalist standing and will compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $30 million. Noah was a participant of the Varsity Swim Team, Quiz League, Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Science National Honors Society, Student Council, National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, Hometown High-Q, and Outdoor Odyssey. Noah plans to attend the University of Alabama to study engineering. 30

Noah Lohr National Merit Semi-Finalist


2022 Advanced Placement Awards

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) offers students the opportunity to take college-level courses and exams in high school and earn college credit. AP exams, offered from the College Board, are administered at the conclusion of the course with students earning a score between one and five, with five being the highest possible score. The College Board provides awards to designate stellar student achievement in AP exams. “AP Scholars” are students who took three or more AP courses, completed the end of course exams, and received a score of three or higher. The following thirty-one students earned the recognition of “AP Scholar.” Gino F. Antimarino Maura F. Brown Shanya Coshey Jeremy DeDominicis Maysoon S. Idrees Brooke M. Kosinski Joshua D. Kunkle Victoria Mauro Katherine E. McVay Jessica T. Nguyen AnnaMarie G. Pacione Michael J. Rohosky Jeanna R. Rzempoluch Walter W. Simmers Alexandra K. Smith Brianna M. Wassel Xavier O. Wells

Seniors

Syracuse University Indiana University of PA Indiana University of PA Seton Hill University University of Pittsburgh Virginia Tech WCCC University of Pittsburgh Penn State University Duke Fordham University Penn State University WVU Honors College Pitt at Greensburg Rollins College Seton Hill University Duquesne University

Sports Journalism & Broadcasting Nursing / Minor Spanish Asian Studies Business Economics Pre-Medicine Chemical Engineering Biology Business Administration / Minor Spanish Supply Chain and Information Systems Neuroscience Humanitarian Studies Economics Marketing / Minor Strategic Social Media Cyber Security Comm / Journal / Minor French Forensics / Minor Legal Studies Music Education

Juniors

Ardella Antimarino Elizabeth Bair Riley Benvin Willow Bixler Donovan Boller Garrison Brown Justin Finfrock Emma Forrester Jenna Gallentine Korina Goldsmith Sydney Hickle Owen Kelley Kaitlyn Krause Cole Williams

The “AP Scholar with Honor Award” is given to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and earn a score of three or higher on four or more of the exams. The following eight seniors earned this prestigious designation. Grace C. Butina Brodey D. Cook Jacob A. Lawrence-Julian Emily McCaffrey Emma C. Pruett Rachel E. Ryan

Seniors

Ohio University West Virginia University California University of PA Univ.of Pitt Honors College Slippery Rock Miami University of Ohio

Communication Sciences and Disorders Physics and Engineering Statistics Bioengineering Psychology and Creative Writing Biology

Juniors

Logan Eisaman Maggie Miller

The “AP Scholar with Distinction Award” is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and earn a score of three or higher on five or more of these exams. The following twenty-one students earned this highest designation. Jennifer K. Booth Nathan R. Fedornak Cole J. Frederickson Sean M. Gordon Lauren M. Hayden Jordan Henehan Leah M. Kern Noah K. Lohr Seth R. Maloney Elizabeth M. Martorella Justin A. Novotney Samuel M. Radziwon Daniel L. Sierk Nathan L. Stamford Nolan R. Stamford Rachel K. Tinney

Seniors

Washington & Jefferson College Dickinson College Duke University Penn State University Penn State University St. Francis University University of Notre Dame University of Alabama Penn State University Pitt at Greensburg Gannon University Carnegie Mellon University Bucknell University Bucknell University Bucknell University Robert Morris

Biology and Psychology Enlightenment and Economics Neuroscience and/or Computer Science Actuarial Science Aerospace Engineering Physician Assistant Civil Engineering Engineering Aerospace Engineering Supply Chain / Business Management Cyber Security Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Science Biochemistry Statistics and Data Science 31

Juniors

Owen DeMatt Matthew Dugan Nathaniel Harden Ryaan Pal Megan Rivard


Hempfield Area School District

The Crowning of Hempfield Area's 50th Homecoming Queen

The Hempfield Area School District is gearing up for the Homecoming celebration on Friday, September 30, 2022. The festivities will begin with the annual Homecoming Parade at 5:30 PM beginning once again at the Word of Life Church and will proceed along route 136 to Spartan Stadium. The Spartan football team will take on the Gateway Gators at 7:00 PM and the annual crowning of the homecoming queen will occur during halftime. Renee Lytwak was the first Homecoming queen crowned in 1973. The 2022 crowning will be a special event as it marks the 50th anniversary.

In celebration of the 50th year, Hempfield Area is inviting all 49 queens to join this year’s court on the field for the crowning event. The queens are also invited to participate in the parade as a float for each decade will be included. We encourage past homecoming queens to contact Mr. Jim Steeley, Hempfield Area High School English teacher, department chair, and organizer of this special event at steeleyj@hasdpa.net. Pre-sale tickets for the game and additional information will be available on the Spartan athletic website as the event nears. Please visit www.hempfieldareaspartans.com for information on all of your athletic needs.

Summer Camps inspire Student Interest & Participation

The Hempfield Area School District utilized Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to offer summer enrichment camps. Camps were designed to respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. All district students were welcomed to apply for any and all camps based on age and interest. Camps offered included Welcome to Kindergarten Camp, Hometown Happenings, Flat Stanley, Summer Band Camp and Young Writers Workshop. Each camp had a focus and an identified age group of participants. Welcome to Kindergarten Camp focused rising first graders on skills and activities that extended their Kindergarten learning.

Hometown Happenings was a weeklong camp where students visited places such as the Westmoreland County Courthouse, the Humane Society, the Greensburg Hempfield Library and local businesses. The culmination of the camp involved participants writing about their shared experiences. Flat Stanley Camp was an opportunity for students to read a popular novel and engage in activities related to the book. Summer Band Camp provided an opportunity for middle school students who are joining the band to join together to work on skills, tone production, technique and to work as an ensemble. Finally,Young Writers was a creative writing camp for middle school students. In addition to enrichment camps, small group instruction was provided for elementary students who were invited to hone academic skills,

Hometown Happenings Facilitated by Karly Vesely & Jody Schmitt

preparing them for a strong start in the 2022-2023 school year. A collaboration between the Hempfield Area High School and the Central Westmoreland Career and Technical Center (CWCTC) led to a hands-on and cross curricular experience for secondary students. The program entitled Learning with a Purpose remediated math and English skills for credit recovery through application based projects. During the program, students created steampunk lamps and retro bird houses, learned how to cut and weld metal dice, restore and redesign a room and learn the steps to change a tire while utilizing english, mathematical and technical skills. The Hempfield Area School District wants to thank our community partners, teachers, parents and staff who helped create these experiences for our students.

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Hempfield Area Adds PreK Classrooms

PreK Counts is for three and four year olds who are not yet eligible for Kindergarten. The program emphasizes child centered and play-based learning. The children learn to identify basic shapes, colors, upper and lower case letters, numbers to 30, and their first and last name. Students also learn to work cooperatively, promoting positive peer relationships.

The Hempfield Area School District received grant funds to support the addition of two PreK Counts classrooms to the elementary programming beginning in August 2022. The district currently has a program at West Hempfield Elementary School and will be adding a PreK Counts classroom at Fort Allen Elementary and Stanwood Elementary schools. These classrooms operate following the school district calendar. The grant award is funded through state and federal funding managed by the state’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). The award amount is $200,000 per classroom for the 2022-2023 school year and fully funds staffing and operational costs for up to twenty children to attend the full day program. Dr. Rieffannacht, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, authored the grant and plans to continue to seek renewed funding each year to continue the program.

Eligibility for admittance into the program is outlined by the Pre-K Counts programming guidelines and includes the age of the child and household income. Applications continue to be accepted until the program reaches a maximum capacity of twenty students. Interested parties can find information about eligibility and enrollment by visiting the District website at hasdpa. net>Academics>Pre-K Counts Program. We will keep enrollment open as long as there are available seats, but we do anticipate them to fill up quickly.

Confidentiality of Student Records

The privacy rights of parents, students, and student records are mandated by Federal and State regulations as well as District policy. The complete explanation of these rights, the student records involved, and the procedures for the access and release of these records can be found in the district student handbooks or on our website at www.hasdpa.net and selecting Our District > School Board > Policies and selecting Policy #216.

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Hempfield Area School District ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND PROGRAMS, SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS, AND SERVICES FOR PROTECTED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS

According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School districts and intermediate units are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For additional information related to Section 504/ Chapter 15 services, the parent may refer to Section 504, Chapter 15, and the Basic Education Circular entitled Implementation of Chapter 15. Also, school districts are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for gifted services via 22 PA Code Chapter 16. For additional information regarding gifted services, the parent may refer to 22 PA Code Chapter 16. If a student is both gifted and eligible for Special Education, the procedures in IDEA and Chapter 14 shall take precedence.

age in one or more developmental areas, or (ii) The child is delayed in one or more of the developmental areas, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on standardized tests. Developmental areas include cognitive, communicative, physical, social/emotional and self-help. For additional information contact the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Early Intervention Program.

This notice is only a summary of the Special Education services, evaluation and screening activities, and rights and protections pertaining to children with disabilities, children thought to be disabled, and their parents. For more information or to request evaluation or screening of a public or private school child, contact Dr. Dayna Sikora at Sikorad@hasdpa.net or 724-834-2590. For preschool age children, information, screenings and evaluations requested, may be obtained by contacting the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit by calling 724-836-2460.

This notice shall inform parents throughout the school district and intermediate unit of the child identification activities and of the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of information pertaining to students with disabilities or eligible young children. In addition to this public notice, each school district and intermediate unit shall publish written information in the handbook and on the website. Children ages three through twenty-one can be eligible for special education programs and services. If parents believe that the child may be eligible for special education, the parent should contact their district of residence.

The school district or intermediate unit will not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, handicap, creed, marital status or because a person is a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. No preschool, elementary or secondary school pupil enrolled in a school district or intermediate unit shall be denied equal opportunity to participate in age and program appropriate instruction or activities due to race, color, handicap, creed, national origin, marital status or financial hardship.

Children aged three through their school district’s age of beginners are also eligible if they have developmental delays or one or more of the physical or mental commissions as defined in Chapter 14 and, as a result, need Special Education and related services. Developmental delay is defined as a child who is less than the age of beginners and at least three years of age and is considered to have a developmental delay when one of the following exists: (i) The child’s score, on a developmental assessment device, on an assessment instrument which yields a score in months, indicates that the child is delayed by 25% of the child’s chronological

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Hempfield Area Welcomes New Business Manager Wayne Wismar has served as the district’s business manager since 2014 and will retire August 31, 2022. During his time with the school district, Mr. Wismar has worked with the school board and administration to change a trajectory of expenses exceeding revenues that would have led to a depleted fund balance. He implemented strategies to support long term financial needs, including a capital fund to address roof restoration and replacement. Most recently, he supported the increase of the District’s financial rating which led to a better borrowing rate for the high school revitalization project. Wayne is looking forward to having more to spend with his seventeen grandchildren. The Hempfield Area School District welcomes Paul Schott as the newest member of the administrative team. Mr. Schott brings extensive experience as he was the business manager for the Gateway School District for twenty years. Mr. Schott earned an accounting and business management degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of science degree in school business leadership from Wilkes University. Prior to joining Gateway in 2002, Paul served as a an accountant for Sarp & Company where he was an auditor for several school districts. Paul is a resident of the Hempfield Area School District and has two children who attend our schools. He is excited to join the administrative team in his home school district to share his experience to help shape the future of the Hempfield Area School District.

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Hempfield Area School District HASD Foundation Funds Gives Over $57 Thousand for Scholarships and Educational Grants

The Hempfield Area School District Scholarship and Charitable Foundation Funds, established in 2011 to provide financial assistance to graduates pursuing post-secondary education and fund educator-designed enhanced learning experiences, has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships, grants, and special district projects to district students and staff since its inception. None of these can be funded through the normal school budget.

AWARDING OF FUNDS BEGAN IN THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR. AS OF THE START OF THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR, THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN FUNDED:

$15,000 in fifteen (15) scholarships to academically outstanding graduating senior students who demonstrated a commitment to community service

$37,236 in educational grants to teachers who enhanced the learning experience for hundreds of students in their classrooms

$7,500 for three (3) special district projects

In 2013 the district’s school board authorized a Foundation Funds Committee to develop and manage Foundation Funds’ monies to be used for student scholarships, educational grants for district staff, and special district projects (Policy No. 913). That same year a Foundation Funds Committee was formed. Today this committee includes several community members (many former Hempfield Area graduates), a representative from the Hempfield Area Education Association, two school board members, the district superintendent, and the business manager.

THE FOUNDATION FUNDS COMMITTEE IS CHARGED WITH:

þ Meeting six times per year þ Developing the criteria and applications for scholarships, educational grants, and special district projects þ Selecting scholarship and educational grants for funding þ Choosing special district projects to receive funding þ Organizing and holding fundraisers þ Selecting and approving new Foundation Funds’ Committee Members þ Soliciting donations for the Funds þ Organizing informative presentations and walkthroughs of the high school on special reunion years for alumni

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC) was chosen to manage and invest the monies for the district. They also extend nonprofit status to the school district for these purposes. All materials and activities involving these funds must be approved by the Foundation Funds Committee and the CFWC liaison. Want to join? The Foundation Funds Committee is seeking interested businesses and other community members who want to help. They especially encourage former graduates or parents of graduates to consider joining their team. Membership applications are on the district webpage @ www.hasdpa.net. Completed applications are to be sent to Jenn Krivus at HASD, District Office, 4347 State Route 136, Greensburg, PA 15601 to be forwarded to the FF’s Committee Chair.

WANT TO DONATE?

Mail to:

HASD FOUNDATION FUNDS ATTN: Treasurer 4347 Route 136

Greensburg, PA 15601

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library will be offering the following programs. Please note, some programs are virtual and some are in person. Advance registration is required for most programs. Please register online at ghal.org using the Event Calendar or by calling 724.837.5620.

Community Needs the Library Now, More Than Ever Libraries have the ability to foster a love of learning and reading in people at a young age. That love can last a lifetime, but reading isn’t the only reason people visit the Library. Greensburg Hempfield Area Library (GHAL) asked its patrons to finish the sentence “If I didn’t have this library...” to learn more about the way the community views and uses its services. The responses were many and varied, June 9 to August 4 but one thing is for certain: Greensburg We’re only 29% away! residents and those from surrounding areas visit the Library for enrichment, friendship and $10,658 respite. Currently “I would not Any amount helps! have as much Even $5 could put knowledge or us over our goal! as many friends,” Will it be yours shared one patron that does it? during a National Library Week program. Another said, “I found people that feel the same way I do about books, so the library is another home for me. If I didn’t have it, I would lose a safe place.” Everyone GHAL spoke to shared their appreciation for the programs and services offered, but they were particularly thankful to the generous supporters after learning it’s primarily those donations that help keep the doors open. “It’s (the Library) one of those things I haven’t thought much about. It’s just always there,” said a passerby, who wished to remain anonymous. She was kind enough to spend a few minutes of her busy day to learn about the resources, materials, services and

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programs the Library offers as well as where the money comes from and how it’s used. “I had no idea the Library offered all of that… and for free.” After an hour or so of chatting with other passersby, responses were similar. “I guess I’m guilty of taking it for granted,” said one man. Another was shocked to learn how drastically funding to smaller libraries like GHAL has decreased in just the past yeardown on average 16.5% nationwide from local, state, grants and donor sources at libraries that reported decreases. This when demand for library services is higher than any other time in the past 10 years. Fortunately, GHAL has fared better than others. Thanks to their annual appeals, dedicated supporters, supportive board and determined staff, the Library still is providing the same high quality programs and services it always has.

The Library Has What?!

If you haven’t said it, you’ve probably heard it: “I didn’t know the Library had that.” When you get your free library card, you unlock 1000s of resources that you might not have expected. • Fine-free borrowing • Free WIFI access inside and out • Assistance with online forms • Programs and events • Free online courses • Books, magazines, DVDs • Audiobooks, eBooks • Apps for reading and language • Streaming music and videos • Online games and activities • Printing and photocopying (fees) • Genealogical resources

Free Online Resources

Just like the Library is more than books, its app is more than online reading. GHAL provides the acclaimed Libby app to patrons for free. This app is offered by libraries worldwide and loved by millions of users. It soon will take the place of the Overdrive online reading app, with Overdrive being phased out completely

by early 2023. Overdrive users are encouraged to make the switch to Libby by the end of summer. Libby users have access to an online catalog of eBooks and eAudiobooks chosen specifically by GHAL’s librarians, but that’s not all. The app has free video streaming through IndieFlix and other online learning and entertainment resources like The Great Courses, Craftsy, Quello Concerts and more. Power Library helps you find trustworthy databases with answers to questions about healthcare, personal finances and much more. Gale Courses users get access to lifelong learning opportunities like professional development, technology and personal enrichment. Pronunciator is used by more than 1,500 libraries and institutions. The app or online browser offers 163 languages with movies, music and more to help users master a new language. Beanstack is the world’s easiest way to keep track of what and how much you’ve read. GHAL’s Beanstack app motivates people of all ages to read by setting goals, tracking progress, completing challenges, participating in activities, earning virtual badges and earning prizes. It is the driving force behind the Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge and Program. This summer, Beanstackers played the game Greensburg-opoly as part of the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge. Players collected property cards with secret codes from locations in and around Greensburg. As they entered the secret codes, new virtual badges were unlocked and earned them additional raffle tickets to enter into prize drawings. The fun isn’t limited to just Summer. Challenges are issued throughout the year including the year-long challenge to collectively read more than one million minutes. It’s open to all ages and is one of Continued on next page >

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Libby allows you to read across devices. Your loans, notes, bookmarks and progress are synced across your devices. Libby lets you listen in your car. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or Bluetooth connection is all you need to enjoy eAudiobooks while you drive. Libby is compatible with Kindle. If you’re a Kindle-user, Libby can send your library books to it. Libby offers you offline access. Download and/or stream eBooks and eAudiobooks for offline reading and listening. OTHER FEATURES: • Sleep timer • Bookmarks • Note-taking • Highlighting • Dictionary CUSTOM SETTINGS: • Font size • Page layout • Lighting

Research shows early exposure to reading and related activities correlates with future educational and professional success. The Library enables this early exposure with their Book Picks Service, which is essentially like having a personal librarian. They select age-appropriate titles and resources for individual children based on their likes, activities and preferences. The more connected a child feels to the content the more inclined he or she will be to engage with it. Wonderbooks provide a real-along experience in the form of a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. They are one of the most recently added reading materials at GHAL to facilitate early reading in an alternate format. Launchpad Tablets were added to the Library’s collection prior to Wonderbooks, and they too provide a unique experience for early reading development. Each tablet is easy-to-use, secure and pre-loaded with content including interactive learning apps, videos, games and more that provides hours of learning while at play. Funding for these types of programs and resources is needed to ensure the Library can continue to keep up with demand and changing technology. Grants have allowed for program expansion, outreach and even facility improvements at GHAL this year.

Grant updates (not an exhaustive list)

several great ways to introduce youngsters to reading.

Early Literacy Development

Dolly Parton Imagination Library was launched in October of last year at GHAL and its satellite branch Youngwood Area Public Library (YAPL). This program mails monthly free books to children ages birth to five years old and residing in one of seven eligible zip codes in the Greensburg area regardless of household income. (15672, 15697, 15639, 15616, 15662, 15635 and 15633). As funding increases, additional zip codes will be added to the service area. Currently, the program is funded and supported through a variety of local organizations including Rotary of Westmoreland, United Way of Southwest Pennsylvania, the Fred Rogers Center and the Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Foundation at the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County at The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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• Last year’s grant through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, with funds provided from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund enabled upgrades and improvements to the Library building, equipment and systems. • Delmont Public Library and GHAL applied jointly and were recently awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant. The nearly $40,000 grant will be used to teach children and youth about digital literacy with an emphasis on highdemand STEM careers of the future. The project will include adult engagement but will focus on the long-term needs of children, PreK-2 through teen.

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Some examples of STEM-related and early digital literacy resources already in use at the Library include Bee Bots, Snap Circuits and AWE Computers, among others.

• One of the most recent program launches was due to a partnership with the Westmoreland Land Trust, who received a grant to introduce a new, fun and educational resource at some of the libraries within the WLN to allow families to explore the great outdoors locally. Westmoreland Nature Backpacks are special backpacks available to borrow from the Library and are filled with things like binoculars, bug catchers, stream nets, ideas for fun activities and other info to help you explore the many trails, parks and nature in Westmoreland County. • Similar to the backpack funding, several of the adult and children’s programs were supported by or in part by The Standard Charitable Foundation and Hempfield Township Parks and Recreation. All of the summer gardening programs were funded by the Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Foundation.

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Children’s Department shines with light and color. Westmoreland Nature Backpacks allow families to explore the parks and trails in Westmoreland County.


Photos from Summer Library Programs In All Shapes and Sizes: So Many Ways to Support the Library

Advocate: Share your love of the Library and its impact on your life by contacting local and state elected officials, lobbyists and legislators, urging them to make a stronger investment in libraries. AmazonSmile: You shop for your normal items on AmazonSmile (same items, same prices), and Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchases to GHAL on your behalf. Shop @ amzn.to/3pz9K6U Amazon Wishlist: Supporting the Library can be as simple as purchasing items from the Library’s Amazon Wishlist @ amzn.to/3CcFEeP Bequests and Planned Giving: Leaving a legacy is simple. Some options: • Include the Library in your will; • name the Library as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy or retirement plan; • donate assets from your 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan; • establish a trust that pays yearly income to the Library; • save on taxes and make a tax-free gift with an IRA. Book Sales: Donate your gently used books to the Library for its quarterly book sales, and then shop for your next best read or gift to family/friend. Corporate Matching Gifts: Find out if your employer matches charitable donations, and ask them to match your donation to the Library. Donations: Make a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one to leave a lasting legacy that will make a difference for future generations; or, celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any other event with a contribution to the Library. Fundraisers: GHAL holds multiple fundraisers throughout the year. • The Summer Reading and End of the Year annual appeals are mailed. • Activities and events from raffle tickets to bingo to formal affairs. • Set up your own fundraiser on your website or social media for the Library. Grants: Know of a Foundation or other organization who provides funding to nonprofits, share their application process with the Library. Little Library: Spare change and dollars can be deposited in the “Little Library” donation box inside the Library on the Circulation counter. United Way: Donors to United Way can “earmark” contributions to go directly to GHAL using code 1629.

Volunteer: It takes a whole lot of people to keep all those books, movies and more organized. You can support the Library by volunteering your time.

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What’s Coming Up This Fall? Program sponsors are in great need.

Adult Programs • Thursday Night Markets • President Grant returns to Greensburg again! • Author appearances • Reading Between the Wines Book Club • Book Discussions at the Library • Enrichment programs – TBA Sept is National Library Card Sign Up Month GHAL will have various programs and events that will be added to the online event calendar in early September.

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Children’s Department Fall Programs Registration opens September 1 at 6 a.m. • • • • • • • • • •

Baby lap-sit story times Toddler story times Pre-school story times Read to Succeed Curious Kid Detectives Family Maker Days Early Reader Book Club Tween Book Club Teens Create BeeBots and Coding programs • Pumpkin Patch Walk • Winter Wonderland

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Used Book Sale Dates: Monday, Aug. 15 to Thursday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 20 Monday, Aug. 22 to Thursday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 27 1. Library gets special visitors during 2022 Art Walk 2. Darth Vader visits the Library every May 4th 3. Artemis the Owl visited from Wildlife Works 4. Garden Explorers, Fairy Gardeners and Carnivorous Plants possible with grant from Michael J and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Foundation 5. Detention plays on the Library steps during Night Market 6. Library hosted CWCTC’s CTE Road Show at St. Clair Park in June 7. Summer 2022 Kick-off Celebration at St. Clair Park

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