Headlining Hempfield - Winter 2023

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IN THIS ISSUE: PAGE 5 Hempfield's 250th Anniversary Calendar PAGE 12 Weatherwood Community Park Update PAGE 19 Trip to Baltimore Inner Harbor PAGES 26-27 The Case for Middle School Reorganization PAGE 31 "Learning to Earning" with General Carbide Winter 2023 HEADLINING

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

Aaron K. Siko 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

and Hempfield

Hempfield Township

Board of Auditors Meeting - 5:00 pm Planning Commission - 6:00 pm Supervisors Public Work Session Supervisors Public Meeting Zoning Hearing Board - 6:00 pm


All meetings are held at the Hempfield Township municipal Building

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JANUARY S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 MARCH S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Hempfield Township

Seated Front Row:

Jennifer Bretz, Board Member; Diane Ciabattoni, Board Member; Dr. Kimberlie Rieffannacht, Assistant Superintendent Elementary Education; Dr. Tammy Wolicki, Superintendent; Dr. Jeanne Smith, Board Member; Jennifer Krivus, School Board Secretary

Seated 2nd Row:

Bob Reger, Director of Human Resources; Dr. Matt Conner, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education


Dr. Tony Bompiani, Board President; Dr. Scott Learn, Board Vice President; Mike Alfery, Board Member; Paul Schott, Business Manager; Vince DeAugustine, Board Member; Paul Ward, Board Member; Jerry Radebaugh, Board Member;


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

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

Hempfield Area School District Board of Directors

Dr. Tony Bompiani Board President bompianit@hasdpa.net Dr. Scott Learn Board Vice-President learns@hasdpa.net

Jennifer Krivus Board Secretary krivusj@hasdpa.net

Mike Alfery Board Member alferym@hasdpa.net

Jennifer Bretz Board Member bretzj@hasdpa.net

Diane Ciabattoni Board Member ciabattonid@hasdpa.net

Vince DeAugustine Board Member deaugustinev@hasdpa.net

Jerry Radebaugh Board Member radebaughj@hasdpa.net

Dr. Jeanne Smith Board Member smithjs@hasdpa.net

Paul Ward Board Member wardp@hasdpa.net

Krisha DiMascio Board Solicitor dimasciok@hasdpa.net

School District Staff

Dr. Tammy S. Wolicki Superintendent wolickit@hasdpa.net

Dr. Matthew R. Conner Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education connerm@hasdpa.net

Paul Schott Business Manager schottp@hasdpa.net

Dr. Kimberlie B. Rieffannacht Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education rieffannachtk@hasdpa.net

Robert M. Reger Director of Human Resources regerr@hasdpa.net

FEBRUARY S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 APRIL S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Hempfield Area School District Regular Meeting Area School District Meeting Schedule 3


Only one center in western Pennsylvania is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, recognized not only for cutting-edge cancer care, but also significant research e orts that contribute to new and better therapies. It’s UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Through our partnership with Excela Health, this means more breakthrough research, more leading-edge patient care, and more treatment options are available to you right in Greensburg, Mt. Pleasant, and North Huntington.

If you have cancer, the choice is clear. Visit UPMCHillman.com/Excela to learn more.

There is only one NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Westmoreland County.

In 1773, Hempfield Township was established as one of the founding townships of Westmoreland County, and the original county seat. As we share this milestone with Westmoreland County and some of our neighboring municipalities, 2023 will officially begin Hempfield Township’s Semiquincentennial, or more simply, our 250th anniversary. During this exciting year, we would like to embrace our history, celebrate our community, and shape the path for the next 250 years. We welcome you to join the Township as we highlight our rich history, celebrate our accomplishments, and envision our future together. We have many great events scheduled and will be partnering with our community organizations to create a fun-filled 250th year!

Day at
5 Hempfield 250
M ay Saturday, May 27th Amp Up Your Summer Event Series Kickoff J un e Sunday, June 18th Father's Day Concert & Car Cruise Aug u s t Thursday, August 3th Hempfield Night Out Se pte mb er Saturday, September 16th Founder's Fest at Hempfield Park Oc tob
Founder's Gala at The Venue Live! N ove mb e
Township Volunteer Appreciation Day De c emb
Commemorative Christmas Ornament Fundraiser Apr i l Saturday, April 22 Hands on Hempfield Clean-Up Day April 6 Founders
Hanna's Town Historical
Join us as we kick off Hempfield 250
it all began, the original county seat!


The Township Supervisors, our Township staff, and Herbert, Rowland, & Grubic Inc (HRG) continue working on the new Township Comprehensive Plan. The plan will be completed in mid-2023 and will be the roadmap for the Township over the next 15 years.

What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Why is the Comprehensive Plan important?

The Comprehensive Plan is the Township’s roadmap for the next 10-15 years. This document will play a large part in many aspects of how the Township will grow. Topics covered so far include infrastructure, parks, traffic, emergency services, land preservation, the Route 30 corridor, and many more.

The planning process for the Comprehensive Plan is your opportunity to give the Township your feedback on what you love about Hempfield, how you would like us to grow in the future, and share what you may think we need to improve. Without the community’s input, we may not incorporate the improvements to the Township that are most important to you!

How can I provide input to the plan?

There have been many opportunities to be a part of this process, including multiple surveys, public meetings, and social media outreach, but many more will come. Please follow Hempfield Township on all social media formats to stay up to date on ways you can be involved.

Visit www.hempfieldtwp.com for the latest updates on the Comprehensive Plan!

What issues do you think should be most important to Township government, officials, and staff?

What types of developments would you like to see more of in the Township?



The Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors has determined that the prevalent use of minibikes, snowmobiles, two-wheeled, threewheeled, four-wheeled vehicles, or skid-equipped vehicles which are unlicensed and self-powered have become a very serious detriment to the health, comfort, living conditions, welfare and safety of the citizens of Hempfield Township. No person or individual, regardless of age, shall operate a self-powered, two-, three- or four-wheeled vehicle or skid-equipped vehicle that is unlicensed upon the streets and alleys or public property of the Township.


Permits are required for buildings, sheds, fences, pools, additions, etc. If you are unsure please call our department at 724-834-7232 Ext. 240 for information before you build or install.

Where do I find permit applications?

All permit applications can be found on our website www. hempfieldtwp.com or at our office.


Anyone selling goods or services door to door must display a Peddler’s license issued from the Township. Sunday Sales are prohibited.

How can I pay for my permit?

Hempfield Township accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. Credit cards will incur a 2.95% or $2.50 minimum processing fee. We do not accept Discover or American Express cards.

How long will it take to process my permit application?

Zoning permits – up to 15 business days

Building permits – up to 30 business days



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 hangar, 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

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Except as provided for in other regulations, no inoperative, uninspected or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, or roadways and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Quick Start Guide Report a Concern Building Permits

the property again for compliance after the time alotted in the “days to resolve” section. 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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According to the NFPA fire departments throughout the country respond to nearly 50,000 residential structure fires that were caused by heating equipment, resulting in more than 500 fatalities, 1,350 civilian casualties, and an estimated $1.1 billion in property damage. As the leading cause of fires in homes throughout the United States, 1 in 7 fires that occurred from 2014 – 2018 were caused by home heating equipment accounting for 19% of home fire fatalities. Space heaters were found to be responsible for two out of five fires, accounting for nearly 81% of the deaths associated with residential fires caused by home heating equipment. Additional research has shown that fireplaces or chimneys are the second leading cause of residential fires involving home heating equipment with nearly 29% of the residential fires associated with home heating equipment being caused by fireplaces or chimneys. Due to seasonal weather changes the months of January through March represent the highest instances of residential fires involving home heating equipment.

Since 2002 a downward trend of home heating fires has been realized thanks in large part to the increased safety standards that have been instituted with regard to home heating equipment. Some improved standards include the requirement of cut-off devices that automatically turn off electric or kerosene space heaters when they tip over. Additional factors that have been found to cause home heating equipment fires have been a failure to properly clean equipment, failure to maintain a minimum of three feet of clearance around heating equipment, and home heating equipment being left on and unattended.

Residential fires involving home heating equipment can be avoided with a few simple steps. These steps include:

1. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment

2. Maintain a three-foot kid-free zone around home fireplaces and space heaters

3. Never use your oven to heat your home

4. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment,

water heaters, and central heating equipment in accordance with local codes and manufacturer recommendations

5. Have heating equipment and chimney’s inspected and cleaned every year by a qualified professional

6. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed

7. Always use the appropriate type of fuel, as specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters

8. Ensure that the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop embers from flying into the room. Make sure that the ashes are cool before placing them in a ash bin for removal.

For additional information about Home Heating Fires please visit www.nfpa.org. If you need assistance with the installation of smoke alarms within your home, please feel free to contact the Hempfield Fire Department at (724) 834-7232 ext. 320 and we will be happy to assist you.

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All outdoor burning or fires in areas of RESIDENTIAL dwellings shall be:

Limited to twigs and yard waste during the hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on SATURDAYS.

Controlled in a safe manner

ATTENDED WATER SUPPLY OR EQUAL AT ALL TIMES. Occurring at least 50 feet from any structure and 30 feet from any property line.


LEAVES are PROHIBITED from being burned AT ANY TIME. Please call Advanced Disposal at 1800437-1759 to schedule a leaf collection.

Burning of any type is prohibited on any paved portion of a street, alley, or public grounds.

Keep your home safe from Carbon monoxide

It is important to ensure that appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces are properly working. These appliances, when not working properly, are associated with carbon monoxide (CO) which is also known as the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless and odorless poisonous gas. Each year more than 150 people die in the United States from accidental non-fire-related carbon monoxide poisoning. Due to the odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know they are being exposed, which is why having working CO detectors on each level of your home is important.

Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu and include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. High levels of CO poisoning result in progressively more severe symptoms including mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and ultimately death. To avoid the possibility of CO poisoning, please maintain appliances associated with CO in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and install/ maintain carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home.

Outdoor fireplaces, grills, fire pits, and stone rings used exclusively for recreational purposes and/or for food preparation are exempt from these regulations provided the activity is conducted not closer than 15 feet to any property line.

Snow-free Hydrants Help Save lives

In the event of a fire, it is important that responding crews have free access to hydrants located in the area of the fire. As snow accumulations increase throughout the winter months, the Hempfield Fire Department asks that you assist with keeping hydrants clear of snow, vegetation, and vehicles. Hydrants should have a minimum of 3 feet of clearance on all sides from snow and vegetation; vehicles should not be parked within 15 feet of the hydrant. This will allow responding firefighters unimpeded access to a water supply to help combat the fire.

Thank you to our volunteers and the community in supporting the 26th Annual Hempfield-Greensburg Fire Prevention Night.


The Hempfield Fire Department continues to be served by dedicated volunteer firefighters from all vocations. In 2022, the Hempfield Fire Department was activated for more than 2,700 incidents throughout Hempfield Township and surrounding communities; those incidents ranged from commercial fires to storm-related events and everything in between.

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.

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2022 proved to be a very productive year for the Public Works Department. Our team worked throughout our entire community addressing routine and non-routine concerns and completing projects to keep our community moving with ease. A few of our projects included:

• The installation of more than 3,000 feet of stormwater pipe

• The installation & repair of 136 catch basins

• Over 2,000 tons of asphalt for roadway repairs, including 2.5 miles of in-house asphalt overlays and low-volume roadways

Throughout the winter season crews will operate snow removal equipment over 26 different snow routes. The Township spans over 90 square miles encompassing nearly 300 miles of roadway. On average, each snow route covers approximately 12 miles and takes nearly three hours to complete during routine snow removal. Additional time can be required for more significant snow events which may require plowing operations. In order to assist with efficient snow removal operations, residents are asked to follow the following tips:

If snow is expected, move your cars into the driveway

If you are shoveling out the entrance to your driveway, never throw snow directly into the street; shovel onto the curb strip or other area of your property

If possible, finish clearing your driveway entrance AFTER the final widening pass by the snow plow, DO NOT throw snow into the street

If you have to go out during hazardous driving conditions, remember to drive slowly, brake slowly, allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front, and watch for sudden obstructions

Please avoid parking in Cul-de-Sacs to allow snow removal equipment room to operate

During snow removal operations, it is the policy of Hempfield Township to not replace mailboxes damaged in the course of routine snow removal operations.

Throughout the winter and spring seasons, Public Works Crews will continue routine maintenance projects throughout the Township including catch basin repairs, pipe replacement, right-of-way maintenance, and roadway repair. To suggest a roadway improvement or concern on a Township road please visit www.hempfieldtwp.com and click on the “Report a Concern” button.


The following roadways are not owned or maintained by Hempfield Township:


Maintained by Westmoreland County Department of Parks & Roads: Phone 724-830-3955

Greensburg/Mt. Pleasant Road Lowry Avenue


Maintained by PennDot: Phone 724-832-5387

Agnew Road

Penn-High Park Road

Penn-Manor Road Baughman Road Radebaugh Road

Arona Road

Bennetts Dairy Road Roseytown Road Brinkerton Road Route 30

Brown Avenue Route 66

Carbon Road Route 70

Donohoe Road Route 119 Edna Road Route 130

Evanstown-Herminie Road Route 136

Georges Station Route 819

Hahntown-Wendel Road Route 993

Hannastown Road

Seanor Church Road

Lewis Avenue Skidmore Road

Locust Valley Road Slate Run Road

Luxor-Bovard Road South Greengate Road

Madison-Herminie Road Stone Church Road

Middletown Road Swede Hill Road

Millersdale Road Thomas School Road

North Greengate Road Twin Lakes Park Road

Oakford Park Road Waltz Mill Road

Old Route 119

Wendel-Herminie Road

(Hunker) Pellis Road Willow Crossing Road

Penn-Adamsburg Road Yukon Road

Although you may be a Hempfield Township resident, you may reside on a roadway maintained by the state or Westmoreland County. Therefore, Hempfield Township does not have any authority on these roads.

Should you have concerns regarding state roads, you may also wish to contact your state senators or representatives. The Westmoreland County Commissioners may also be contacted for concerns on county roads.


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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Garbage/Recycling Collection Yard Waste Collection Holiday

*If Holiday falls on a weekday, collection is pushed back one day for all days that follow www.CountyHauling.com 111 Conner Lane, Belle Vernon, PA 15012 (724) 929-7694 Info@countyhauling.com


And in Pennsylvania, it is fair to say that we get to see it all. Windy days in particular create garbage and recycling collection challenges, complete with blowing litter and debris that escape bins, cans and containers. While we can’t control Mother Nature, here are some tips that may help prevent your trash and recycling from blowing away.

Recycling and Trash

Take your bins and cans to the curb the morning of pick-up, rather than the evening before. This will reduce the amount of time your cart is exposed to high wind conditions.

Be sure your lid can close on your trash can. Trash is more susceptible to blowing out of the can when the lid is not completely shut.

Bring your bins and cans in as soon as possible after collection to reduce the risk of them blowing down the street.


If possible, place heavier recyclables toward the top of the bin to weigh down loose papers, however, do not bag your recyclables to keep them from blowing out, plastic bags full of recyclables are not accepted.

If your recycling bin is only partially full, consider waiting until your next collection to place it at the curb.


Bag all your trash before placing it in the can. This is especially important for small, lightweight items like Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Compact the trash – if you have loose items, place bagged trash on top of them to prevent them from blowing out of the can. The bottom line is this – when it comes to garbage and recycling collection on a windy day, it only takes a little extra time to reduce blowing litter. Your neighbors, as well as your hauler, will appreciate it.

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As we have found through preliminary data from the Comprehensive Plan, our community continues to seek new parks spanning the boundaries of the township. We all know that Hempfield Park, on the northern end of the Township is not easy to get to for all of our residents. With this in mind, the Township has moved forward with applying for a $1.5 million dollar grant to develop a new park, that is centrally located for all of our residents.

The new park, Weatherwood Community Park, is a 14.1-acre park, located off Route 30, between the Cedar Street and Greensburg-Mt. Pleasant Road exits.

The park will feature a splash pad and nature park, an all-ages fitness area, a multi-purpose restroom building, and all of the infrastructure needed to build a new park. If the Township is successful in being awarded the grant, the new park will be a highlight facility for our over 40,000 residents and our neighbors in Greensburg, South Greensburg, and Southwest Greensburg More information about the project will become available following the grant announcements in early 2023. We look forward to this exciting new time for Hempfield’s parks and greenspaces!

GROWING OUR PARKS FOR A VIBRANT COMMUNITY Activity Title Date Time Location Cost Busco Bunch 1/11 4:00pm Public Meeting Room $5 Soldiers & Sailors WWII Foot Locker Presentation 2/8 10:30am Public Meeting Room $5 Movie Matinee 3/8 2:00pm AMC Lowes Greensburg $5 Lunch Bunch: The Log Cabin Inn 4/12 10:00am Hempfield Park $20 Lunch Bunch: Cheesecake Factory 5/10 10:00am Hempfield Park $20 Lunch Bunch: Hotel Saxonburg 6/14 10:00am Hempfield Park $20 Are you 55+ and looking to meet new people and get active? Join us the second Wednesday of every month for programs just for you! Requires registration- See page 14 for info! UNIMPROVED MEADOW LAWN TRAIL (ASPHALT) Weatherwood Community Park Weatherwood Lane, Greensburg, PA | Master Site Development Plan Phase I SUNSHADE PROMENADE CONCESSION, COMFORT STATION, ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT STORAGE EXISTING VEGETATION, UNGRADED MULTI-USE BUILDING PAVILION WITH DECK BOARDWALK NATURE PARK STORMWATER FEATURE #1 PARKING AREA #2 PARKING AREA #1 T-REX AREA SAND PITS FITNESS PARK NEST CLIMBING STRUCTURES SPLASH PAD AND PLAZA T-REX AREA Weatherwood Community Park Weatherwood Lane, Greensburg, PA | Master Site Development Plan Phase II CONCESSION, COMFORT STATION, ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT STORAGE PICKLEBALL COURTS VOLLEYBALL COURT SUNSHADE BOCCE COURTS BOULDERING AREA NEST STRUCTURES SUNSHADE SUNSHADE PICKLEBALL FLAT FIELD PARKING AREA #3 PARKING AREA #4 PARKING AREA #2 PARKING AREA #1 TRAIL (ASPHALT) SPLASH PAD AND PLAZA PAVILION WITH DECK STORMWATER FEATURE #3 STORMWATER FEATURE #2 FITNESS PARK MULTI-USE BUILDING LARGE PAVILION COURT SPORTS PROMENADE BOARDWALK NATURE PARK STORMWATER FEATURE #1 12 C O mmuni T y n ew S
bird 5% discount and sibling 5% discount only applicable to Full Camp Registration COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING EARLY DROP OFF & LATE PICK UP
Camp that fits your
$1,500 per
$1,800 per camper Only
per day! WEEKLY REGISTRATION $80 RESIDENT/$90 NON-RESIDENT Early Drop off begins at 7AM - $25/week Late Pick Up ends at 6PM - $25/week
3-days per week, selected at registration Pre Camp Training Required and additional leadership questions requested at registration. Camp registration will begin on April 3, 2023 at 8:30AM for Hempfield Residents (April 17, 2023 for non-residents)
schedules and additional information will
Early Bird Registration Discount Sibling Registration Discounts Daily Morning & Afternoon Snacks Lunch Available additional fee may apply Camp Swag Weekly Pool Trips Weekly Field Trips Weekly Themed Parties End of Camp Family Picnic Summer Day Camp includes:
FULL CAMP REGISTRATION Enrollment in all 10-weeks of Summer Day camp! Early
schedule! WEEKLY REGISTRATION Resident Campers: $165 non-Resident: $185 Choose your week! RESIDENT CAMPERS
$30 per
REGISTRATION Resident Campers: $120 non-Resident: $140
be posted on the Summer Day Camp section of the Hempfield Township website
the winter months so be sure to keep an eye out!
enrollment is based on the 2023/24 school year. Junior Camp: Incoming 1st – 3rd Graders Senior Camp: Incoming 4th – 6th Graders
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 2-day camp trial on June 8th-9th! Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. 3-DAY CAMP TRIAL introducing preschool Camp. Check out more information in April about this two week summer program for our youngest community members! (Only for 4 and 5 year olds who have not gone to Kindergarten) NEW! preschool Camp need a Summer Job? love Kids? Join our dynamic staff for the summer! Applications for Summer Day Camp Staff will open on January 3rd. Apply online or in person at www.hempfieldtwp.com. This is a great job for future educators and those who love the outdoors. CAMP

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.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2023 @ 8:30AM


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

Subject to State guidelines. Check website prior to registration.



Parks and Recreation




The 2023 Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED blended learning course equips students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and infants. It is designed for students who need a certification that satisfies OSHA, workplace, or other regulatory requirements. This class is taught in a blended learning format and the online portion (accessed via mobile, desktop or tablet) must be completed prior to attending the instructor-led skills session. Upon successful completion, a valid 2-year digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED is issued.


Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 300 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return


"Loose Leash" & "How to Stop Pulling Forever!" Learn from an expert on how to help your dog!

to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or a ladder. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

age: 18+ fee: $120.00 Date: 2/18 instructor: Dave Byers Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM location: Public Meeting Room

age: 18+ Dates: 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/29


Getting Paid to Talk is a 2 ½ hour class designed as an upbeat and realistic assessment of the voice over industry designed specifically for adults.

fee: $10.00 instructor: Learn to Lead Training

Time: 9:00 AM location: Public Meeting Room

A great class for anyone who has been told they have a good voice; those who use their voices 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.

For help with online registration: phone-square
does not accept cash payments or over-the-phone registrations. age: 18+ fee: $10.00 Dates: Session 1: 2/2 Session 2: 4/3 instructor: Voice Coaches Time: 6:30 PM location: Virtual
Saturday & Sunday:
$275.00 Dates: 4/14 - 4/16
Dave Byers Times:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Hempfield Area High School Swimming Pool
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This live Zoom workshop will be a fun and interactive way to learn about lowcarb/zero-carb living! Participants will learn how diet plays a role in healing and preventing chronic disease and how healing leads to weight optimization. We will cover how to get started and stay committed to your health, and how to handle dining out, and social situations. Topics may also include insulin/insulin resistance, how food plays a role in cognitive ability and brain health, processed food, sugar, and carb addiction.

Additional resources will be provided in the form of guest speakers, a printable habit tracker, recipes, and book and website recommendations. We will meet via Zoom each Tuesday at 6:00 PM. A zoom link will be sent to each participant prior to each meeting. The first segment of each meeting will be a presentation and/or guest speaker.


The second segment of each meeting will be for participants to share and ask questions. Please contact thecandidcarnivore@gmail.com with questions specific to this workshop. Instructor is a certified health coach specializing in zero carb and fasting modalities with a mission to individualize programs to meet clients where they are in their health, wellness, and weight optimization mission.

age: 18+ fee: $5.00


Learn about different vacation planning options with Michele Moenssens from The Magic for Less. age: 18+ fee: $5.00

Learn about different vacation planning options with Michele Moenssens from The Magic for Less.


In Brixology, students will use unique Mad Science designed LEGO kits to build a different engineering-themed project in every class! They will use critical thinking, cooperation, and creative problem solving to test and improve your creations!


The YWCA Field Hockey group will help with skills, drill and some free play during the off season to prepare your field hockey player for the season!

1st - 4th graders $110.00

1/16 - 2/15, 6:00 PM Mondays & Wednesdays

age: 18+ fee: $50.00

Dates: 1/31 - 2/21 instructor: Stephanie Scheeren Times: 6:00 PM location: Virtual

Dates: 1/25 instructor: Michele Moenssens

Time: 6:30 PM location: Public Meeting Room

Dates: 2/15 instructor: Michele Moenssens

Time: 6:30 PM location: Public Meeting Room

ages: 6-12 fee: $54.00 Dates: 2/2-2/23

instructor: Mad Science

Time: 6:30 PM location: Public Meeting Room

instructor: YWCA location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex

5th - 8th graders $175.00

1/16 - 2/15, 4:30 PM Mondays & Wednesdays

9th - 12th graders $175.00

1/16 - 2/15, 7:00 PM Mondays & Wednesdays

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Mindful Crafting is a program created by Certified Energy Practitioner Kelly Dinsmore which involves focusing on not only the end product of arts & crafts but also introducing participants to the concepts of mindfulness and intention. Mindfulness is being present in the here and now and training the mind not to get carried away with worrying about outcomes and expectations. We will not only practice being mindful of ourselves, but of our surroundings as well. We will do this by repurposing different materials for some of our crafting. Participants may be asked to bring in an item from home such as a paper towel roll, old t-shirt, etc. Intention is the purpose and energy which guides our attitude and mindset. We will create things like vision boards, practice cardmaking, mosaics/pattern work, no-sew t-shirt projects, jewelry, yarn crafts and more. This is a wonderful way to stay active during the winter months and escape the stress of multitasking. Looking forward to crafting with you this winter!

level One: Ages 5-12 | 1/23 - 2/27, 5:30 PM


skill related fitness games will emphasize fun, sportsmanship, competitiveness, teamwork, and skills learned. Camp will teach running form, agility drills, speed mechanics jump training, and core strengthening exercises. $10 discount for multiple children.

level One: Ages 7-9 | 3/6 - 4/24, 6:00 PM


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.

fee: $60.00 instructor: Kelly Dinsmore location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex

level Two: Ages 13+ | 1/23 - 2/27, 6:30 PM

level Two: Ages 10-13 | 3/6 - 4/24, 7:00

ages: 7 - 9 fee: $50.00

Dates: 3/9 - 4/27 instructor: Leyna Wright

Time: 7:00 PM Session: Spring 2023 location: Public Meeting Room

PM fee: $80.00 instructor: Dave Byers location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex
ages: 5-10 fee: $40.00 Time: 5:00 PM Dates: 4/6 - 4/27 location: Hempfield Park Pavilion B instructor: Marissa Haynes WILDERNESS EXPLORERS Learn and explore nature using all your senses. ages: 14+ fee: $15.00 Dates: 2/15 instructor: PKSA Greensburg Time: 6:00 PM location: PKSA Greensburg;
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discipline while learning the art of self-defense!


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.

Session 1 1/9 - 3/13, 6:30 PM


Have you heard of Pickleball? Would you like to try it out? Come learn the basics of this fast-growing racquet sport. This Intro class will teach you the court boundaries, scoring, and simply the feel of the ball and paddle. The paddle being like a big ping pong paddle and the ball like a wiffle ball. Join us for this fun instructional class. Classes fill fast! Registration for all opens on 1/3


STRONG Nation (HIIT): STRONG is a unique high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout combining body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio, boxing/martial arts and plyometric training with every move synced to the music. You will be empowered by the beat! Please bring a mat for floor work. This class is brought to you by Empowered Fitness LLC and instructed by a licensed STRONG Nation instructor and AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.


instructor: Penelope Steiger fee: $50

location: Public Meeting Room ages: 18+

Session 2 3/20 - 6/5, 6:30 PM

instructor: Alexis Duncan fee: $60 ages: 18+

location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex

Dates: 1/5 - 1/26 Time: 11:30 AM

instructor: Candice Graytok fee: $50 ages: 18+

location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex Dates: 4/1 - 6/3 Time: 10:00am

Zumba Fitness takes the "work" out of the workout by mixing low and highintensity 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 1/17 - 3/21, 6:30 PM


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 1/5 - 2/23, 6:00 PM

instructor: Candice Graytok fee: $50

location: Public Meeting Room ages: 18+

Session 2 3/28 - 5/30, 6:30 PM

instructor: Candice Graytok fee: $50 ages: 18+

location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex Court #1

Session 2 3/2 - 4/20, 6:00 PM

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Come join Professor Connie for fun scientific experiments. Each week kids will do experiments and have an introduction to different scientific concepts. Parent/guardian participation required.

Session 1 1/18 - 3/8, 5:00 PM


An introduction to tap and ballet. Your child will learn positions and movement to music. Tap and ballet shoes not necessary. Must wear leotard/loose fitting clothes.


instructor: Connie Madarish age: 4

location: West Hempfield Elementary School

fee: $50

Session 2 3/29 - 5/17, 5:00 PM

instructor: Leyna Wright location: Public Meeting Room fee: $50

ages: 4 - 6 Dates: 3/9 - 4/27 Time: 6:00 PM

Pre-School Karate is a program that will increase your childs confidence, strength, flexibility and overall physical fitness. Along with the basics, children will be introduced to stranger awareness issues and basic self-defense techniques. This class will also focus on demonstrating respect for oneself and others.


Learn and explore nature using all your senses.

instructor: Marissa Haynes ages: 2 - 5

instructor: PKSA Greensburg location: Hempfield Township Athletic Complex

location: Hempfield Park Pavilion B fee: $40

fee: $50 ages: 4 - 5 Dates: 2/22 - 3/22 Time: 5:45 PM

Dates: 2/2 - 2/23 Time: 9:00 AM

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Come and spend social and recreational time with your child. Our program consists of movement, tumbling, interaction and playtime. Parent/guardian participation required.

Session 1 (am)

1/23 - 3/20, 10:00 AM


instructor: Connie Madarish age: 1

Session 1 (pm)

1/23 - 3/20, 5:00 PM

Session 2 (am)

location: West Hempfield Elementary School fee: $50

3/27 - 5/22, 10:00 AM

Music classes can increase your childs vocabulary, develop math and reasoning skills, and encourage creativity. During Music Makers class, the children will copy rhythms, follow tempos, and match pitches. We’ll play simple instruments, learn songs, dance, sing, and even use items we find around the house to make music. Each class will center around a different theme. Get ready to explore all types of music from classical to country. Parent/guardian participation required.

1 year Old, Session 1

1/20 - 3/10, 9:30 AM

2 & 3 year Olds Session 1

1/20 - 3/10, 11:30 AM


This toddler play group includes various activities such as games, music, crafts, movement and storytelling for fun & interaction. Parent/guardian participation required.

Session 1 (am)

1/24 - 3/14, 10:00 AM

Session 2 (pm)

3/27 - 5/22, 5:00 PM

instructor: Connie Madarish location: West Hempfield Elementary School fee: $50

1 year Olds Session 2

3/31 - 5/26, 9:30 AM

2 & 3 year Olds Session 2

3/31 - 5/26, 11:30 AM

instructor: Connie Madarish

Session 1 (pm)

1/24 - 3/14, 5:00 PM

location: West Hempfield Elementary School fee: $50 ages: 2 & 3

Session 2 (am)

3/28 - 5/23, 10:00 AM

Session 2 (pm)

3/28 - 5/23, 5:00 PM



Plan to join us for a visit to one of America’s oldest seaports and most popular tourist destinations. Spend the afternoon enjoying fresh seafood right out of the Chesapeake Bay. Explore the gallerias of unique shops, museums, national landmarks, or take a boat ride on the harbor. We will stop in Breezewood for a brief rest stop. Price includes transportation only and light snacks. All individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

fee: $65.00

Date: 4/15 Depart: 7:30AM from Hempfield Park

Return: 11:30 PM to Hempfield Park

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Hempfield Parks & Rec is looking to add more programs for our community to participate in! Be on the look out for programs such as Track & Field, Corn-Hole Nights, Kids Day of Play, a 5K event, and more! More information about these programs will be posted throughout the year.


Interested in playing adult women’s slow pitch softball? A 12game season will be played in June & July on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:45 & & 8:30 PM. Fee includes: field usage, playoff umpire fees and game balls. Teams are responsible for their own uniforms and half of umpire regular season fee ($15.00). The season will end with a singleelimination tournament as well as an All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. Deadline to register – Friday, May 13. Please register as an individual if you are looking for a team to play on.


The Hempfield Recreation Soccer League is intended for boys and girls ages 4 – 9. It provides the children the opportunity to learn soccer and play at a recreation level.

u5 (birthyear 2018)

Residents: $65 Non-Residents: $75

ages: 18+ Days: Mondays & Wednesdays games: June & July; Pending Weather Times: 6:45 PM & 8:30 PM

location: Hempfield Park fee: $300 per team (8 Team max) $35 Individual Registration

Uniforms are included and will be given to all participants. All games and practices will be played at Hempfield Park. Registration deadline – Friday, March 10.

Games will be every Saturday morning from April to May. Additional practices will only be scheduled for U8 & U10 and will begin near the beginning of April.

Volunteer Coaches and Referees Needed

u6 (birthyear 2017)

Residents: $65 Non-Residents: $75


Now is the chance for you to work in the park and help make sure it looks beautiful, programs run smoothly, and have a great time while doing it!

If you are interested in applying, please email thudock@hempfieldtwp.org for more information!

u8 (birthyear 2015/16)

Residents: $85 Non-Residents: $95

u10 (birthyear 2013/14)

Residents: $85 Non-Residents: $95

þ volunteer Coaches þ and more!

We would like to say thank you to one of our sponsors for the 2022 fall soccer season!

Loyalhanna Wealth Advisors & Coach

Michael Reese


This is an opportunity for you to spread the word of your business and sponsor one of our leagues or even just a team! We have various options for you to chose form, but you can get your business logo on the back of our league shirts, hang a sign during the season, and also get recognition in Headlining Hempfield!

If you are interested, please contact thudock@hempfieldtwp.org or 724-834-7232 ext. 210

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PAVILIONS! We also have 6 pavilions located in various places in the park! Some of them have different amenities to help meet all of the needs for all types of parties!


Looking for a place to hot your next tournament? Hempfield Park is the place for you! You are able to reserve any of our fields for the days needed to host your own tournament!

We are also going to have our own tournaments where you can get a team and try to win! Please look out near the beginning of the season to find out when our tournaments are!

If you are interested in hosting your own tournament on one of our fields, please contact thudock@hempfieldtwp.org

Our Sport Facilities! Field Rental Requests Begin: March 6th, 2023

Here at Hempfield park we take pride in our beautiful fields located throughout our 90 acres! Listed are our rates if you are interested in hosting a practice, game, tournament, or even just a gathering at one of our fields! $15/Hour for lights if needed!

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Baseball: June 8-11th U10, U12, U13 Baseball: June 28th – July 2nd

Mazeroski Field, Wildflower Field, Leggit Field + Multi-Purpose

Sports: Baseball/Softball, Soccer, and More Practice Rate: $30/2 Hours

Game Rate: $40/2 Hours

Full Day (8am - 11pm): $300


Over the past 5 years, Hempfield has actively sought state and federal grants, and solicited major gifts for improvements at Hempfield Park. The Township secured over $1.4 million dollars in funding, and is contributing over $400,000 in additional funds from the Hempfield Parks Fund.

We are now seeking your support! A Legacy or Site Amenity sponsorship will leave a lasting impression on our community.

Pickleball/Tennis Courts

Sports: Pickleball and Tennis Practice Rate: $15/hour

Consider showing your support with one of the available sponsorships for the Hempfield Park Rehabilitation Project:


Legacy Sponsorships:

Upper Baseball Field • Upper Soccer Field Pavilion F • Dog Park

Site Amenity Sponsorships: Memorial Park Benches • Memorial Trees Water Fountains • Pet Waste Stations • Bleachers

For more information about Legacy and Site Amenity sponsorships please contact the Director of Parks & Recreation at parks@hempfieldtwp.org

We will open our rental requests starting: Residents: Monday, January 2nd Non-Residents:
Capacity Restroom Kitchen Weekday Cost Weekend Cost Pavilion A 224 Yes Yes $175 $250 Pavilion B 72 No No $75 $100 Pavilion C 72 No No $75 $100 Pavilion D 160 Yes Yes $150 $225 Amphitheater + D Pavilion E 224 Yes Yes $175 $250 Pavilion F 120 Yes Yes $150 $225 There is a $75 refundable security deposit
Opening day for our Baseball fields is going to be April 1st! Keep an eye out for a special event on that day! reservation. 23
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Monday, January 9th


Membership is required for all Pick Up Sports, Walking and Open Court. Membership not required for programs, classes, or sporting/special events. Open Court fee waived for walkers.

Hempfield Parks & Recreation Account: Online account used to register for programs, classes, leagues and events.

Hempfield Parks & Recreation HTAC Membership: Card used to get into HTAC facility for Pick Up Sports, Open Court and Walking. Hempfield Parks & Recreation Account required to obtain membership.

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 multi-purpose athletic courts, and a concession stand.
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Age Fee Guardian Presence Needed Card Open Court Fee HTAC Resident Membership 14+ FREE 14-17 yes, 18+ no Yes; 14-17 parent required $5 HTAC Seniors Membership 55+ FREE No Yes $5 HTAC Non-Resident Member 14+ $20 14-17 yes, 18+ no Yes; 14-17 parent required $5 No Membership Required <13 FREE Yes No $5 HTAC Non-Resident Senior Membership 18+ FREE No Yes $5 Agency Memberships N/A FREE No Yes;
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April - October:

Monday – Sat.: 8am – 8pm

Sunday:12pm – 5pm

November - March:

Monday – Sat.: 8am – 10pm Sunday:12pm – 8pm

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 INDOOR PICK-UP SPORTS SCHEDULE MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY AM 9:00am to 11:00am PICKLEBALL PICKLEBALL BEGINNER PICKLEBALL PICKLEBALL PICKLEBALL PM 8:00pm to 10:00pm SOCCER PICKLEBALL VOLLEYBALL (CT.3) PICKLEBALL (CT.2) BASKETBALL COURT RENTALS GYMASIUM RENTALS Private Event or Tournament BIRTHDAY PARTY 1 HOUR Monday-Friday $50/court Saturday-Sunday $60/court Late Night (after 8pm) $25/court FULL DAY Monday-Friday $400/court 10 HOURS+ Saturday-Sunday $500/court FULL DAY RENTAL 8 Hours or more, any day. Includes set up and tear down. $1,000 Full Facility Rental Security Deposit Required 2-HOUR BLOCK Any Day Includes set up and tear down. One court with two tables and 15 chairs $200 Rental Monday-Thursday: $20.00 Friday-Sunday: $30.00 HTAC CONCESSIONS Add-On | 1-Hour Block RENTAL FEES For additional facility rental information contact the Parks & Recreation Department today! Disalvo’s Station Wedding & Banquet Venue 1903 Historic Train Station in Latrobe, PA You’re invited to our Monthly Wine Dinners! The Most Unique Event Space in the Laurel Highlands (724) 539-0500 DisalvosRestaurant.com 25 aTH le T i C C O mplex
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he Hempfield Area School District is considering the restructuring of the District’s Middle Schools by moving students from Harrold Middle School to the two other middle schools beginning in the 2023-2024 School Year.

This is for a number of reasons including declining enrollment, costs to upgrade the building, enhancing our students’ academic experiences and serving as a place to house ninth-grade students during the Hempfield Area High School revitalization project.

As enrollment has declined, Wendover Middle School and West Hempfield Middle Schools have the capacity to house all students for grades six, seven and eight without additions to the schools. The current Kindergarten enrollment is 337 students. Based on the current enrollment, the fifth grade will be the largest class of 407 students to move into the middle schools over the next several years. The demographic study, which was completed in November 2019 and is on the District’s website, does not show projected growth that would justify keeping three middle schools for future capacity. Wendover Middle School and West Hempfield Middle Schools are well located to accommodate the redistricting of Harrold Middle School students. Bus routes would continue to be designed to be no more than 55 minutes, which is the current standard.

Harrold is the oldest District facility currently in use for education purposes. The facility study completed in January 2022 (also on the District’s website) indicates the District will need to replace the building infrastructure systems including mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Other high-priority needs include addressing the exterior envelope and updating finishes throughout the building. A renovation of Harrold Middle School was not pursued due to the extent of the needs and the estimated cost of $25 million at the time the feasibility study was completed. Sitelogiq provided a more current estimate which has increased due to hyperinflation resulting in a range of $29 million to $32 million.

Operating in the future with two middle schools utilizes the two newer buildings and maximizes district resources. If the consolidation is approved, Harrold Middle School teachers will be re-assigned to either Wendover Middle School or West Hempfield Middle School,

School Year Built Addition / Renovation Harrold Middle
1974, 1984, 1999 Maxwell Elementary 1952
1999 Hempfield Area High School 1956
1978, 1988, 2006 Fort Allen Elementary 1956
1999 West Hempfield Elementary 1962 1974, 2000 West Point Elementary 1962 2000 West Hempfield Middle
2002 Standwood
2010 Wendover
2013 ‘93 8000 7000 6000 5000 4000 3000 2000 1000 ‘94 ‘95 ‘96 ‘97 ‘98 ‘99 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15 ‘16 ‘17 ‘18 ‘19 ‘20 ‘21 ENROLLMENT YEAR-BY-YEAR FROM 1993-94 THROUGH 2021-22 Over
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1921 1955,
Elementary 1971
Middle 1971 2007,
the past 30 years, the districtwide enrollment has declined by 2,000 students.


and class sizes would remain the same. An additional advantage is increased collaboration for teachers in the same content areas and grade levels, which promotes consistency and equity in instruction. A range of special-education services, including autistic and emotional support, will be provided at both West Hempfield Middle School and Wendover Middle School.

As plans are being made for the revitalization of the Hempfield Area High School, Harrold will be used as a ninth-grade building beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and until the High School revitalization project is completed. The use of Harrold School alleviates the number of students in the Hempfield Area High School as the building undergoes renovations, which increases the efficiency in the project completion. Completing the high school revitalization more

efficiently is more convenient to the high school students and staff, less compromise to educational quality and reduces construction costs.

The administration presented information during the public school board meeting on Monday, April 18, 2022 and during a public meeting on May 23, 2022. A public hearing on the subject was held on October 24, 2022.

The District website includes presentation materials from the public meetings. According to Pennsylvania School Code, in the event of a permanent closing of a public school, the board of school directors shall hold a public hearing on the question not less than three months prior to the decision of the board relating to the closing of the school. Therefore, a formal vote will not be included for formal board action until February 2023. If the Board

of School Directors vote in February 2023 to support the reorganization, administrators will begin transitioning activities to support the students and staff.

The District’s website will continue to be updated as new information is available. The content is located under “Our District”, and then “Middle School Reorganization.”

Wendover Middle School Mentoring Partnership

Wendover Middle School and the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (UPG) have partnered to create a new program called “Wendover Youth Mentors.” The program is in response to meeting students’ social and emotional needs that are enhanced by additional positive influences by having individuals closer to their age in their lives.

Students from the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, who have obtained proper clearances, visit Wendover and forge positive relationships with students on three connected “levels.” Under the supervision of Hempfield Area School District teachers, the college students join the students during the lunch periods and interact with students in the cafeteria (Level 1). These interactions are informal and allow students to develop social skills in a relaxed setting. The UPG students are also invited to visit Wendover Middle School and support the students during the activity period. The clubs and activities offered each day provide opportunities for the college students to partner and strengthen their relationships with our middle school students (Level II). The clubs are facilitated by teaching staff. Examples of the current clubs available to our middle school students at Wendover Middle School include: Coding with Drones, Zumba, Ukulele Club, Reading Club, and many more.

Lastly, the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg students will be offered mentor training (Level III) through the school district so that they may choose to become one-on-one mentors with Wendover students in need.

We are excited about this new opportunity for all of the students at Wendover to benefit from this partnership!



The Hempfield Area School District is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers and is recruiting community individuals to serve as “guest teachers.” The district initiated the guest teacher program in which individuals with a bachelor’s degree participate in two days of training, are issued emergency teaching certification, and complete employment documents to serve as substitute teachers. District and building level administrators facilitate the training designed to support a successful start for participants to substitute for a full-time teacher on a day-to-day basis.

Kathy Kuhns, a guest teacher participant, describes her roles as a substitute teacher. “Everyone has been so helpful. The teams have been so appreciative and glad to see me. I’ve really enjoyed being with the kids. Even when I am nervous about a new experience, I always leave saying That was great. That was fun.” Brienna Boggio shares similar experiences with “I like seeing new faces everyday and I am welcomed at each school. I am beginning to build relationships with staff and students!”

If you feel this may be a good fit for you please reach out to our HR Assistant, Ms. Madi Ferretti at 724-850-2220 or ferrettim@hasdpa.net to begin the process.

Save the Date


the Musical! March 9 - 11

“OH the things you can think, when you think about SEUSS!”

Get ready to join the Hempfield Theatre Company as they bring to life the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and all the beloved characters from the imagination of Dr.Seuss in this year’s spring musical, Seussical, March 9-10, 2022, at 7:00 PM and March 11, 2022, at 2:00 and 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium.

Children of all ages are also invited to join in a very special birthday party before the matinee on Saturday, March 11 at noon where they will get to meet and greet with the characters, make a craft, and enjoy some birthday cake. For more information on the show or ticket information, visit the high school website (hs.hasdpa.net), then look for the Theatre Company/Spring Musical link under “Parent and Student Resources.”

Seussical will be an event for the kids and for the kid in each of us. Join us, and let’s see where imagination can take us together.

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Hempfield Area School District

Buffet Dinner Dancing Entertainment Door Prizes

Who: Hempfield Area School District Residents 65 and over When: Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM Where: Hempfield Area High School Field House Cost: $10/Person

Who : Hempfield Area School District R esident 65 and over When : Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 12:00 Noon 3:00 Where : Hempfield Area High School Field House Cost : $10/Person

To purchase tickets, please complete the Registration Form below and send it along with your $10 per person payment made payable to Hempfield Area School District to: Hempfield Area School District Attn: Business Office 4347 State Route 136 Greensburg, PA 15601

hase tickets, please complete h R istration Form below and send with your $10 per person made payable to ld Area School District to :

Registration Form and Payment due no later than, March 20, 2023.

Tickets will be mailed no later than the week of April10, 2023.

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tion Form and Payment later than, March 4, 2022 will be mailed no later than of March 14, 2022. stions, please contact Natalie Fetterman (724) 834 9000 (ext 2658)

Any questions, please contact Natalie Fetterman (724) 834-9000 (ext. 2658)

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HaSD foundation funds gives Over $62 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 $62,000 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. TO DaTe in THe 2022-2023 SCHOOl yeaR, THe fOllOwing Have been funDeD:

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 business and community members. 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.

Touching the future by funding scholarships, educational grants and projects which will create cutting edge environ

$15,000 in fifteen (15) scholarships to academically outstanding graduating senior students who demonstrated a commitment to community service
$38,661 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
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Hempfield Area High School students took part in the first "Learning to Earning" day at General Carbide Corporation on September 21st. General Carbide, founded in 1968, is a local manufacturing plant in Greensburg, PA. Throughout their three facilities, General Carbide produces high quality parts for countless industries transforming them from tungsten carbide powder to polish in the manufacturing process. Their state-of-the-art production plants include an array of equipment including grinders, lathes, CNC machines, and automation just to name a few, that all require varying skill sets of their operators. Focusing on their core values of family, growth, integrity, excellence and dedication General Carbide is proud of their employees and the legacy that they are building for the future. Many of the General Carbide staff have been a part of this legacy since the very beginning and have watched the company grow. As part of the anticipated growth for the future and to provide avenues for existing employees to share their knowledge prior to well-deserved retirements, General Carbide has made it a goal and mission to partner with and further strengthen their relationship with local districts and students who make up the future local workforce. Each Learning to Earning day gives students the chance to spend the day experiencing what a day in the life of a General Carbide employee would look like. What the students take part in is truly an interactive event: tours of each facility are given

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Human Resources Manager Jessica Gardner shared, “We want the students that walk in our doors for the Learning to Earning Days to feel like they are a part of our team from the very first minute of their tour. We are proud of our employees and how they make up General Carbide - everyone has a place if they are open to learning and growing, we will give them the tools for success.” She continued,“These days are meant to answer questions that students might have as they navigate the bridge from education to workforce. We want to show them through experience and interaction an industry they may not have thought about going into. We want to reach each student where they are and walk alongside them as they decide what they want for their next chapter. It’s about planning the seeds so that they can be a part of a thriving community of employees working together as part of a team to produce parts using cutting edge custom parts. Our managers love sharing their own personal stories of growth and success. If we can give even one student a career path that leads them onto success after high school, then the day is completely worth it.”

Hunter said that the students left the day with job applications in hand, and that were it not for his visit that day as well as a subsequent trip with BOTS IQ, he would not have known to consider General Carbide as a potential employer after graduation. Having the skills that Hunter brings and his willingness to learn more, he could have a career for a lifetime where he could utilize his welding and mechanical skills in machining.

General Carbide is excited for the possibilities of new employees gained in manufacturing through these experiences. Ms. Jaimie Sebastianelli, High School Career & Workforce Counselor, is working with representatives of General Carbide to organize two more Learning to Earning Days planned for the spring of 2023, as well as several dates for General Carbide representatives to visit classrooms and meet students where they are. According to Ms. Sebastianelli, “We want to make students aware of the career opportunities that exist right here in Westmoreland County. Partnering with local employers like General Carbide, through the help of the Forum for Workforce Development, is beneficial for students and business, alike. Employers are looking to our students to provide the skills needed to push the industry forward.”


All schools closed for in person learning in March 2020 through the remainder of the school year. The following school year brought a “hybrid” model for secondary students of the Hempfield Area School District with students attending in person and then online every other day. While school was offered in person for all elementary students, 450 took advantage of an online synchronous model. The 2021-2022 school year brought a return to in person learning for nearly all students. A question to be considered is how has student achievement been impacted by the pandemic for Hempfield Area students.

The phrase “learning loss” is used to refer to the loss of student achievement due to the pandemic. Achievement is commonly compared using standardized assessments,

such as the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for grades three through eight. In order to analyze learning loss, PSSA scores for cohorts of students have been compared from 2019 through 2022 for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. The PSSA was not administered in 2020 due to schools being closed for in person learning. The data indicates that student achievement was hampered by the pandemic in the 2020-2021 school year; however, student achievement increased in ELA in the school year 2021-2022.

The cohort comparisons for mathematics demonstrate the same trends with the exception of one cohort.


The Keystone Exams are administered as endof-course assessments for Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature. Student achievement of different students taking the Keystone Exams in different years are compared. The Keystone Exams were not administered in 2020. Many students take Algebra I in eighth grade while others wait until ninth grade. Keystone Exam math student achievement data declined due to the pandemic, but then evidenced improvement in all but one school in the year 2022.

The Biology Keystone is administered to freshmen. The comparison indicates a decline following the pandemic, but improvement in the school year 2021-2022.

The final Keystone Exam is English Literature which students take in their sophomore year. Interestingly, student achievement data on the English Literature Keystone Exam was higher in the years following the pandemic. An additional standardized assessment is the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam. The Hempfield Area School District offers 18 Advanced Placement courses in which students taking the course and achieving at least a score of three out of five on the endof-course exam may receive college credit. The chart on the top right depicts the number of students achieving a score of three or higher for the past five years. The AP exam was administered virtually in 2020. Similar to the PSSA and Keystone Exams, student achievement dipped in 2021 and showed some improvement in 2022.

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ELA PSSA Cohort Student Achievement Comparison

MATH PSSA Cohort Student Achievement Comparison

% of Total AP Students With Scores 3+ School Summary

Total AP Students

Number of Exams

AP Students with Scores 3+ 170 154 137 104 151

% of Total AP Students with Scores 3+ 85.86 85.56 84.05 70.27 74.02

A final comparison are scores on the SAT’s. The data reflects student scores by graduation year. If the student took the SAT more than once, the most recent score was summarized. The number of test-takers varied each year with 292 in 2019, 263 in 2020, 180 in 2021, and 221 in 2022. The test was administered virtually in 2020. As shown below, the Evidence-based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math mean scores show little variance over the years.

The Hempfield Area School District is addressing learning loss in multiple ways. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds have been used to secure an additional reading specialist for Fort Allen Elementary, Stanwood Elementary, and West Hempfield Elementary. An additional school counselor was added to each middle school beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. School teams are supported in addressing academic and behavioral needs with an additional behavior specialist and school psychologist. An elementary ELA coach, elementary math coach and a middle school math coach were added to support curriculum implementation and addressing learning loss. Two additional English and two additional math teachers were added to the high school staff to support the implementation of labs in which students receive extended learning opportunities with their course teachers. The ESSER funds can be utilized through September 2024 for the purpose of addressing learning loss. ESSER funds are also used to support extended learning opportunities in the summer and after school. The summer of 2022 included several “enrichment camps” including a creative writing workshop, a Kindergarten camp, and “Hometown Happenings” in which students documented experiences such as a visit to the court house.

Elementary ELA intervention materials and technology programs for both math and ELA have been purchased to support student learning as well as a data warehouse system that supports teacher teams in analyzing student data and progress.

The pandemic may have disrupted education but the Hempfield Area School District is working with families and children to overcome learning loss.

2020 2021 2022
198 180 163 148 204
393 349 341 285 414
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The Hempfield Area School District has a few remaining openings for enrollment in PreK Counts classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year at Stanwood Elementary and West Hempfield Elementary. Children aged three, four or five may be accepted into the program. A requirement is that children must have turned three prior to August 31, 2022, or turned five after the same date. The program is FREE for qualifying families. This is a five day per week program that follows the Hempfield Area School District calendar. District staff are more than ready to begin working with your preschooler!


I am Karly Vesely and have been teaching at HASD for 25 years. I taught in the classroom and as a Reading Specialist during that time. I am very excited to be teaching Pre-K this year. I live in Greensburg with my husband and two daughters. I love animals and have three dogs, two cats and two Guinea pigs.


My name is Melissa Thoma. I have been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2010 and with Hempfield Area School District since 2021. I have a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education degree from Clarion University and have been active within the community for many years. I have always wanted to be a teacher and am so proud to be able to live that dream everyday in the classroom. I'm married with a beautiful daughter and we enjoy spending time together as a family.


My name is Mrs. Heather O'Malley, and I am the Pre-K teacher at Stanwood Elementary School in New Stanton, PA. I have taught first grade and Kindergarten as well, so I know where the students should end up at the end of the school year. I graduated from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, with a dual degree in both elementary education (pre-k-4) and special education (Pre-k-8). I would love to answer any questions you may have about the program and help instill the love of learning in your child as well!

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Are you looking for a lasting gift or tribute to a person, family or group? 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 graduate, etc.

The Cooperative Fundraising Committee of the Hempfield Area School District Board of Directors developed an alumni garden on the campus of the high school which features a “Walk of Fame” consisting of personalized paver bricks. These bricks are prominently displayed along the walk and are permanent tributes to many individuals and groups that have a connection to Hempfield Area School District.

The goal of the committee is to raise needed funds to offset the daily costs associated with total district operations. This is a simple, yet effective way to get involved and support the students in the district. All proceeds from this project will directly benefit the students at Hempfield Area School District.

There are two sizes of bricks available to order, and each brick can be engraved with your special message. Any family or organization that purchases a block of ten or more bricks will receive a 10% discount off the entire order. Additionally, you will receive an individually numbered certificate of authenticity for each brick ordered that is suitable for framing!

Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile endeavor for our students!

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Krivus at the district administrative office at 724-850-2248.

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Theater Movement 7 - 13 Saturday 9:45 AM 2/5 - 3/26 $80 Kid's Anti Bullying/Awareness Class 5+ Monday 6:30 PM 2/7 $10 Hoop Stars Basketball 7 10 Monday 6:30 PM 2/7 3/14 $95 Volleyball Basics 8 14 Wednesday 7:00 PM 3/16 4/20 $45 Minecraf t World Builder ( Vir tual) 7 12 tuesday 6:30 PM 3/2 4/6 $150 Minecraf t Modding ( Vir tual) 8 14 tuesday 6:30 PM 3/2 4/6 $150 Tiny Tap and Ballet 4 7 thursday 6:00 PM 3/3 4/21 $50 Hempfield Hummingbirds Soccer 5 6 Monday 6:30 PM 4/18 5/23 $95 Roblox Coding ( Vir tual) 7 14 Wednesday 6:30 PM 4/20 5/25 $150 ScaN the code for iNStaNt acceSS to our program catalog. Caring for students today, tomorrow, together. D R i v e R s Wa n t e D apply at work atfirst.com or c all 724-523-8600 35
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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

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.


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 Westmoreland Cleanways is going blue! Along with the clear, green, and brown bottle and jar glass accepted at the center, Cleanways can now accept blue glass as well. We ask that all bottles and jars be rinsed of any food. Labels can remain on the glass, but we do ask that lids be removed. Blue glass can be put in with the green glass in our bin. Furthermore, in October we also added corrugated

plastic signs, or coroplast, to the list of accepted material. This material is often used to advertise political campaign signs, community events, real estate sales and tradespeople.

Along with these new items acceptable materials include: clear, green, brown, and blue bottle and jar glass, scrap metal, Freon appliances, televisions, computers and other household electronics, tires, used motor oil, lead acid batteries, CFL and fluorescent tubes, paper, cardboard, soft and hard back books, block and food grade foam (polystyrene) and corrugated plastic signs (some fees apply).


Leaves and the snow on the ground may be hiding litter during the winter months. But it’s there, and once the weather gets warmer, litter is very easy to spot along our roadways and in local parks. Litter negatively impacts our communities. It impacts wildlife, waterways, human health, property values, tourism, and businesses just to name a few. But we know this. It’s not new information. What is new


Live Christmas Trees put out for the garbage are placed in a landfill, a place designed to store garbage, not to breakdown garbage. Instead, after the Christmas season, recycle your live Christmas trees by dropping them off for tree cycling at no cost. The trees are chipped by Hempfield employees and used as mulch to beautify community parks, eventually decomposing into valuable humus to nourish and renew the soil.

Drop off details: Hempfield High School Auxiliary Parking Lot between rt. 136 and Middletown Road

December 26, 2022 - January 29, 2023 Open drop off

Remove tree from tree bags and make sure they are bare of ALL decorations and lights. Visit our website for other dropoff locations within Westmoreland County

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is PA’s response. In reaction to a research study by DEP, PennDOT and Keep PA Beautiful, in 2021 the DEP and PennDOT published PA’s first ever Litter Action Plan. It is a researched based plan of recommended actions for state government, general assembly, local governments, businesses, and the general public. The plan outlines recommendations for each group including ideas for litter awareness through education, litter cleanup and litter prevention. For example, in the upcoming months expect to see and hear commercials ads relating to the educational campaign “PA Fights Dirty: Every Litter Bit Matters.”

Become part of the solution. A few simple steps around your house and your businesses can prevent litter from occurring in the first place. Provide enough trash receptacles and attempt to make them animal proof. On very windy nights, wait until the morning to put out your trash for the garbage hauler and always make sure that lids are on dumpsters.

The Litter Action Plan also encourages us to pick up litter when we see it. This could be as simple as picking up a piece of litter in your own yard or while at a park. When taking a walk around the neighborhood pick up trash along the way or take up the sport of plogging (jogging while picking up trash). A more involved option could be organizing or joining a community cleanup. For years, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has managed Road Adoptions, Pick up PA (March 1st0-May 31st), and Litter Free School Zone Programs. This year they have added two new programs, PA Waterway Stewards and Young Ambassadors of PA for students between 10th - 12th grade. Visit www.keeppabeautiful.org for details about their programs. No matter how simple or involved the project, Westmoreland Cleanways is here to assist with your cleanup needs. We typically don’t initiate cleanups, but we can assist with planning and supplies.


Due to the increase in prescription drug abuse, it is not safe to store unused medications, especially opioids. Nor is flushing medications down the toilet a responsible way to dispose of medications as it creates environmental hazards. To properly dispose of medication, visit a MedReturn collection box. 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 Registration Walkway, West 2nd Ave. 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.

CERTIFICATE Items Accepted:

• Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications, liquids, creams, ointments

• Tablets and capsules

• Pet medicines


• 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.)


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wines BOOK CLUB 2022/23

Greenhouse Winery book discussions are held from 5 6:30PM inside the Westmoreland Mall location on the lower level unless noted otherwise Book provided by the Library.

Thur, Jan 12

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha's Vineyard... the private plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four year old boy Was it by chance so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work?" ~Amazon "Based on a true story rooted in America’s past... Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, true love, and what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond." ~GoodReads

Thur, Feb 9 Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Families, come and be a Maker at the library! One Saturday a month we’ll bring out a bunch of exciting Maker Space activities and equipment for the whole family to try Building, sewing, crafting, electronics, designing, and making stuff are just some examples of the kind of Maker activities you’ll be able to try! All ages welcome, no registration needed. This Maker Space activity is funded in part through the United Way Early Career Ramps Grant.

years old) Discuss current events, political issues and more in this open minded online group... respectful dialog enforced. WILL CONTINUE $5 B A G D A Y S DAR FOR UPDATES the BOOK SALE UUsed sed Used ^ GENTLY USED BOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, MOVIES & MORE SOME ANTIQUE, RARE AND HARD TO FIND BOOKS
Saturdays · 10AM-12PM (18+
W I N T E R P R O G R A M S AND EVENTS 2022/2023 GREENSBURG HEMPFIELD AREA LIBRARY PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER! Holly Jolly JACKPOT Only 500 tickets sold 1st come, 1st served Address required to mail ticket(s) If no stamped return envelope provided, ticket(s) must be picked up at the Library Remit payment with a stamped return envelope by Dec 10 GHAL: attn "Jolly Jackpot" 237 S Pennsylvania Ave, Greensburg, PA 15601 Make checks payable to Greensburg Hempfield Area Library Name Email Phone Address # of tickets ($10 donation per) R E Q U E S T T I C K E T S (Required) A FUNDRAISER BENEFITTING GREENSBURG HEMPFIELD AREA LIBRARY Winner receives one roll each: $20, $10, $5 PA Scratch offs Plus $500 CASH Winning number taken from first 7PM PA Pick 3 Lottery on: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2022 Must be 18 years or o der Void where prohibited Bonus # doesn t qualify One winner Void after 30 days Non transferrab e Unsold tickets are property of GHAL Rules available upon request FULL CALENDAR @ GHAL.ORG 237 S PENNSYLVANIA AVE (724) 837 5620 Maker Space activities: building, sewing, crafting, electronics, designing, coding, etc
One Saturday Per Month: January 14, Feb 11, March 11, April 1, May 13 @ 1 3:00PM EARLY CAREER EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT F A M I L Y M A K E R D A Y S All ages! 38






Mondays: Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 20, Apr 17 & May 15 @ 6-6:30PM

30 minutes of songs, stories, and fun for our littlest library lovers! Please register by family and include the number of children in the "Notes" box.

Every other Monday: Jan 9 through May 15 (No session 2/20) @ 3:30-5:30PM

Teens, come hang out, talk to friends, play games, make stuff, have snacks, maybe do some homework with a bit of help from the librarians. GHAL brings the snacks and stuff to do you bring your friends!


For children entering kindergarten in fall 2023. Taught by a local kindergarten teacher

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Pre-School Story Time

Tuesdays: Jan 31 April 25 Time: 10 11AM

Toddler Story Time

Wednesdays: Feb 1 April 26 Time: 10:00 10:30AM

Pre School Story Time

Wednesdays: Feb 1 April 26 Time: 11AM 12PM

Baby Lapsit Story Time

Thursdays: Feb 2 April 27 Time: 10 10:30AM

Toddler Story Time Thursdays: Feb 2 April 27 Time: 11 11:30AM



Mondays: Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24 & May 22 @ 6PM Please attend ALL sessions

Weekly themes with stories, games, crafts & activities to develop skills for kindergarten

Program is grant funded by Greensburg Kiwanis Club

Wednesdays: Jan 25, Mar 1, Mar 29, Apr 26 & May 24 @ 6-7:00PM

Calling all curious kids who love to ask why! Each session, read a picture book, use STEM and maker skills to solve a mystery like a detective Foster curiosity & creativity needed for children's development





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detach entire completed form from brochure and return to Greensburg Hempfield Area Library Attn: Director of Community Partnership Development 237
Pennsylvania Ave Greensburg, PA 15601 Checks made payable to Greensburg Hempfield Area Library Questions? Contact Jamie Falo, Library Director, at 724 837 5620
Registration for Winter Spring Programs Begins Tuesday, January 3 at 6:00 AM
Check the Library's website often to find more STEM, coding, crafting and other fun programs for babies through teens as they are added to the program schedule
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fun, games, crafts and other activities NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
a walk through the Library’s magical
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Corporate partners are publicly recognized via the website, traditional media and social media as well as in all weekly e Newsletters Further thanks and recognition will come in the form of prominent signage inside the Library, at Library events and within a variety of printed marketing materials
In order for the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library to continue offering free to the public programs and events, sponsors are needed to offset costs (supplies, rental fees, talent booking, etc ) associated with holding these high quality, life enriching offerings THE ALL NEW, PRESTIGIOUS CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM $500 $1000 $1500 LEVELS:

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

Size: 6” x 9” Engraved $150.00 1-4 Lines MAXIMUM: 13 Letters per line including spaces, hyphens, periods
your completed form, along with a check made payable to Hemp eld Area School District Superintendent’s O ce, Hemp eld Area School District, 4347 State Route 136 HEMPFIELD AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT 4347 Route 136 Greensburg, PA 15601