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    (continued from page 3) excellent program, but we

    had limited flexibility. We have such good community support in Armstrong County that we felt we could be more flexible and, during the course of the year, maybe change different things on our program.

    “In other words, if we hear from the police, the hospitals,

    the schools that prescription pain relievers are a problem, we can change our program to more-reflect what’s going on in our community,” Judge DeComo said.

    Available to children 10 years of age through adulthood, Fazekas urged interested participants to pre-register online at www. because of

    limited space available. Tickets are $5.

    She also looked forward to the new interactive program, which has been in the works for about six months.

    “We believe it will be able to reach the audience more- effectively,” Fazekas said. “We decided to expound and expand upon that he takes into the schools currently and use it to format a program for the family and the community.”

    Questions may also be asked to medical professionals, drug and alcohol counselors and even youth speakers from George Junior Republic – a school for disadvantaged youth in Grove City - at each program.

    Fazekas said about 25 volunteers work alongside the nearly-dozen jail employees to show the effects drug addiction can cause. She praised their commitment and considered them her friends because of their long working relationship.

    “We have wonderful

    New Interactive Program Part of ‘Drugs Kill Dreams’ Week... support – I’m very grateful and feel very positive about moving forward with everybody. We have everybody back from our previous program,” Fazekas said. “We’re all really pumped and excited about it.”

    After the January 14th program, the experience is to take place quarterly, making the next program available April 15.

    To kick off the week, Judge DeComo has partnered with the Richard G. Snyder YMCA, ACMH Hospital and the ACMH Foundation for a free event this Sunday.

    Starting at 1PM at the Richard G. Snyder YMCA in Kittanning, participants will be able to participate in free swimming and games, drug prevention programs and a complimentary pizza party.

    YMCA Chief Executive Officer Joely Beeker will be among those in-attendance, and encouraged interested children in 5th-8th grade and adults to stop in for the fun.

    “Gary DeComo came to me, and I think it’s a wonderful program. He goes out into the schools and talks to kids about drugs and alcohol abuse – and that fits our mission. I was more than happy to collaborate with (DeComo) on this,” Beeker said.

    Participants will have a chance to win prizes, including Steelers footballs, autographed sections of the Civic Arena roof and Wal- Mart gift cards.

    It is thought to be the first partnership between the two community leaders for the ‘Drugs Kill Dreams’ program.

    ACMH Vice-President of Human Resources Anne Remaley was also optimistic about this week’s opportunities.

    “We believe in the program, and feel it’s very-much needed in the community,” Remaley said.

    Judge DeComo also invited local residents to take unused or expired medications to any Klingensmith Drug Store next week for proper disposal.

    County Commissioner Bob Bower read the proclamation of ‘Drugs Kill Dreams week’ at the January 2nd public meeting, and commended Judge DeComo for the work he has done since the program began in 1994.