Thirty-Seven State Employees Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellence

first_img May 22, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence and praised all state employees for their dedication to public service. The awards were presented today at a ceremony in Harrisburg.“The employees being recognized have gone above and beyond their job requirements to provide outstanding service and make government more responsive and effective,” said Governor Wolf. “Their accomplishments are truly exemplary and inspiring. We are fortunate to have such outstanding public servants working for the people of Pennsylvania.”“The Governor’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best among us as state employees,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “I want to congratulate all of our nominees for their noteworthy contributions.”Thirty state agencies submitted a total of 82 nominations prepared by their employees, with five individual and four group nominations selected as winners for this year’s awards.Denise Getgen – Department of Aging   For her efforts to coordinate and collaborate with programs across state agencies to prevent and assist victims of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, including the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Banking and Securities and Commission on Crime and Delinquency.Dr. Aliza Simeone – Department of AgricultureFor preventing and containing outbreaks of serious diseases with potentially devastating consequences for Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. This includes a multi-state influenza strain that threatened poultry and a fatal, incurable illness affecting horses. She has also stepped into numerous acting and interim leadership positions in her department, helping to ensure both animal and public health.Erich Loych – Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentFor overseeing the expansion of the IT system used to manage the department’s grants, loans and tax credits for use by other state agencies, allowing them to abandon inefficient paper-based processes without having to buy or build their own systems. The Department of Environmental Protection was the first to adopt the system and other agencies are preparing to come on board.Michael Becker, John Hecker, Gerald Hoy, Marcus Kaiser, Daniel Lecrone, Robert Martynowych, Joseph Miller, Chad Northcraft, Hope Reser and James Stiteler – Department of Conservation & Natural ResourcesFor volunteering to join firefighters from 16 states in the battle against two large wildfires in Monroe and Pike Counties that scorched close to 9,000 acres and threatened over 250 homes and businesses. The team filled key positions and worked long shifts over numerous days to extinguish the flames before any loss of life or significant property damage occurred.Susan Dent – Department of CorrectionsFor leading the creation of a program for inmates to provide care and training to puppies to become service dogs for veterans, active service members and first responders. She partnered with a charitable organization, researched programs at other prisons and secured funding from inmate organizations for equipment and supplies. She also personally interviews inmates who apply to be dog handlers.Jane Andrzejewski, Steve Calkins, Marcie Carr, Jeff Gensemer, David McCloskey, Ryan McHugh, Robert Minium and Elizabeth Schehr – Department of General ServicesFor saving over $2 million per year by “insourcing” presort and outgoing mail services for 35 state agencies. The initiative has expedited mail delivery, generated cost savings for taxpayers and productivity gains for agencies without the need for additional staff. The department plans to build on its success in the future by also processing incoming mail.Terry Calloway, Jennifer Dugan, Ashley Parsons, Meghna Patel, Jared Shinabery, Norman Spotts and Dr. Carrie Thomas – Department of HealthFor building the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program from the ground up in less than five months, providing an essential tool in the fight against opioid abuse. To date, over 71,000 health care professionals have accessed the database over 3 million times to check for other prescriptions for controlled substances for patients, helping them to identify potential cases of addiction and connect individuals with treatment.Corporal Samantha Minnucci – Pennsylvania State PoliceFor spearheading the creation of a program to promote good relations between police and individuals with special needs and disabilities. Inspiration for the program came from her brother Gabriel, who has special needs. The Sunny Day Camp program is now an annual event in Chester County and several other State Police command posts are planning to organize their own camps for individuals with special needs.Autumn Kelley, Larry Lineman, Marc Rickard, Chris Wolfgong, Jeanette Uhl and Antonia Zawisa – PennDOT;   Jordan Allison – Fish & Boat Commission   For safely relocating over 130,000 freshwater mussels, many of them endangered or threatened species, living in the area of a bridge replacement project, when the largest prior relocation of its kind was just 7,000. The move prevented a 44-mile detour for over 1,100 vehicles each day and gave the species opportunities to re-establish populations in areas where they have not existed in over a century.center_img Thirty-Seven State Employees Earn Governor’s Awards for Excellencelast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, October 16, 2013:•8:39 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a riding lawn mower in the 1200 block N. A, Wellington.•12:05 p.m. Officer took a report of a welfare check in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington.•11:17 a.m. Jenny L. Sanders, 31, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for failure to appear.•12:54 p.m. Dameon V. Baumgarner, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with exhibition of acceleration and expired drivers’ license.•11:37 a.m. Officers investigated probation violation of a known suspect in the 1300 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•11:43 a.m. Jason M. Stallings, 36, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Order to Arrest and Detain for Probation Violation.•11:43 a.m. Traci N. Stallings, 34, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Order to Arrest and Detain for Probation Violation.last_img read more

Wanted Florida man arrested after revealing location on Facebook Live

first_imgOne good thing about social media is that it has helped deputies catch criminals.Police say a 25-year-old Timothy Munford who is a wanted felon for violation of probation was arrested after sheriff’s deputies in Florida were notified he was on Facebook Live.During the live stream Munford was driving to a Jet Ski facility and was about to rent a watercraft.Police showed up and arrested him. .Volusia County Sheriff’s officials say they’d been advised Munford was known to be armed with a handgun with an extended magazine. Investigators found handguns, ammunition and drugs in his vehicle.He’s being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Marion County on probation violation charges. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reservlast_img read more

Chesters and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy

first_img European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. ChestersEuropean Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March.European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. The 12-strong side, which will be seeking a fourth successive success in the biennial event, also includes three other Great Britain and Ireland Zone players in James Ross from Scotland and the Irish pair of Dermot McElroy and Gavin Moynihan. The rest of the team is: Albert Eckhardt (Finland), Dominic Foos and Max Roehrig (Germany), Mario Galiano (Spain), Renato Paratore (Italy), Mads Soegaard (Denmark) and Robbie Van West (Netherlands). Both England players have achieved significant victories in recent months. Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), 24, achieved his biggest success when he won the European Amateur Championship at El Prat in Spain last summer. He is a former S&H county boy champion, won the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2011 and finished runner-up in the Simon Bolivar Cup in Venezuela the same year. Recently he finished equal fifth in the Portuguese Amateur and despite qualifying for the match play stages in the Spanish Amateur, was beaten in the first round. Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), who will turn 27 during the Bonallack Trophy, enjoyed a highly successful trip to Australia in recent weeks including victories in the Lake Macquarie International and the Avondale Medal. He also finished as leading qualifier for the Australian Amateur and ended ninth in the Australian Masters of the Amateurs. Last year, when he finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf men’s Order of Merit, Evans won the Berkshire Trophy, the Biarritz Cup in France and the Scrutton Jug for the lowest aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. He also finished runner-up in the St Andrews Links Trophy and the South of England Amateur and made his full England debut in the Home Internationals at Ganton. The European players have been selected based on their R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and high-level golfing performances. Special attention was paid to match play results, particularly those attained in the European Golf Association’s (EGA) international matches and European team events. The format for the match in southern India will include five morning fourball matches and five afternoon foursomes on days one and two and 12 single matches on the final day. Europe has won the last three encounters and five of the seven played in the series. The Asia/Pacific successes came in 2002 and 2004. The scheduled 2010 match was cancelled. Sir Michael Bonallack, who has an exceptional amateur record in golf, will be attending the match. Among many prestigious titles, he won the Amateur Championship five times and was a member of nine Walker Cup teams. He is known as one of the leading contributors in world golf development in the late 20th century. 13 Mar 2014 Chesters and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy last_img read more

Hampshire respond to good luck message from Rose

first_img23 Sep 2016 Hampshire respond to good luck message from Rose Hampshire – buoyed up by a video good luck message from Justin Rose – took an early advantage over Cornwall on the opening day of the Men’s County Championship.In the video Rose told the team: “Go out and give it 100%, I am sure you will wear the badge well.”He remembered playing in Hampshire’s winning team at the 1996 County Finals – their only victory so far – and said: “I have fond memories of my time playing for the county and winning that time for Hampshire was a big deal.”The players responded by beating Cornwall 2-1 win in the morning foursomes at Sandwell Park Golf Club, Staffordshire. Tom Robson and Mark Burgess got up quickly in their game and finished 4/3, while George Saunders and Billy McKenzie came through a tight game to win 2/1.The championship is being contested by the representatives of the four England Golf men’s regions. In the day’s other match Yorkshire beat Warwickshire in all three fouromes.Will Whiteoak and Ben Hutchinson were first in, working their way steadily to their 5/3 win. English champion Dan Brown chipped in on 17 to win 2/1 and stop a fightback by Warwickshire. Brown and partner Steve Robins (image © Leaderboard Photography) were four up after nine holes, but Matt Cryer and Ian Winstanley had grabbed the momentum over the inward half and after a birdie on 16 were only one behind.In the final game Bailey Gill and Kealan Lowe came back from a shaky start to win 3/1.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more