Saturday, April 27, 2013
A two-year term and six-year term on the board are open.
One Democrat incumbent and one Republican who was formerly a supervisor are running for board seats in North Strabane Township this year. Current board chairman Steve Motzer, who's six-year term will be up at the end of 2013, is not seeking re-election. That means that both a two-year term and a six-year term will be up for grabs in the November 2013 general election. Supervisor Bill Brooks, a retired General Electric employee, is seeking the Democratic nomination for both seats in the May 21 primary, while former supervisor Rob Balogh, a network administrator, is seeking the Republican nomination for both seats. After losing a bid for re-election in the last municipal election, Brooks was appointed to fill the supervisor seat vacated when…
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The program seeks interested participants.
North Strabane Township’s Emergency Management Agency recently announced the formation of a Community Emergency Response Team—otherwise known as CERT. The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Barbara Gibbs, Phyllis Ranko-Matheny and Tim Warco won Tuesday night.
Three incumbent Democrat row officers have retained their positions, according to unofficial results from the Washington County Election Office. In the race for Washington County Clerk of Courts, longtime incumbent Barbara Gibbs won over her Republican challenger with 56.2 percent of the vote. Marcus Mercante Staley received 43.8 percent. Although Republican Matt Staniszewski came close to ousting his opponent, incument Phyllis Ranko-Matheny won with 51.6 percent of the vote. Staniszewski ended the night with 48.3 percent. In the race for coroner, longtime incumbent Tim Warco, a Democrat, beat out his opponent with a solid 65 percent of the vote. Robert F. Balogh, a Republican, won 34.9 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Democrat incumbent Tim Warco faces off against Republican Rob Balogh Tuesday for the Washington County Coroner post.
Robert F. Balogh Hometown North Strabane Professional Background My professional background has been in public safety for most of my adult life. I spent more than four years working as a police officer for Carlow University. From there, I worked as a professional paramedic for several local hospital-based paramedic response units. Following my tenure in hospital based systems, I spent more than 10 years as director of operations for Lifestar Ambulance—one of the largest ambulance services in western Pennsylvania. From the ambulance service, I moved on to become the human resources manager for HCR/Manorcare. HCR/Manorcare is a nation-wide chain of skilled-nursing facilities. While at HCR/Manorcare as the human resources manager, I also …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
But no more applicants are being accepted for the vacancy, despite a plea Tuesday by one North Strabane supervisor to extend the deadline for letters of interest.
Jeff Stanley told fellow North Strabane supervisors that he'd hate to see a resident interested in filling the board vacancy left when former chairman Greg Sulc resigned turned away because they'd missed the application deadline. But when Stanley moved to add an action item on the matter to Tuesday's agenda, it died for lack of a second. That happened after members of the board—including two sitting supervisors who have applied for the position—and one member of the public spoke out, saying a deadline extension wouldn't be fair. Supervisor Bill Brooks simply shook his head, saying, "I don't see the point of it." Resident Brian Spicer, who is a former board chairman and current candidate for North Strabane Township supervisor, then spoke …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Residents questioned the hiring process and wondered who will replace former board Chairman Greg Sulc in North Strabane.
In just a few moments Tuesday, North Strabane Township lost its board chairman and gained a full-time parks and recreation director after Greg Sulc resigned only to be hired a few moments later. Moments before the board was to consider the motion to approve the hiring of the director, Sulc stopped the meeting and read from a written statement. "For the past seven-and-a-half years I had had the opportunity to serve the fastest-growing community in Washington County—North Strabane Township—as supervisor," he said. "I have been a resident of this wonderful township for nearly 42 years, 'home grown in Eighty Four' as some of the residents would say. As a child I watched my township grow through the guidance of our township supervisors. Little …
Friday, July 29, 2011
The new park is near completion.
Despite a wet winter and soggy spring, the new North Strabane park is near completion. “It will be 90 to 95 percent complete by the end of September,” said Frank Siffrin, township manager. No decision has been made if the park, or any portions of it, will be opened early, but it’s possible, officials said. The $8.1 million park project—equipped with four athletic fields, lighting, pavilions, a walking track, a concession stand and restroom—began in 2009 and was originally slated to open next spring. Winter delays and a record rainfall throughout the region this year nearly threatened that timeline, Siffrin said. “We were about two to three months behind, but we were able to catch up and are near major completion,” he said. …