Blair reports on ‘State of the Court’ virtually

Assembly honors Reindl for efforts

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After a year of increasing reliance on video transmissions in Blair County courtrooms because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the county’s 15th annual “State of the Court” assembly was held virtually on Thursday.

In a transmission available to those with a computer and the proper code, the county’s judges recognized and thanked court-related departments and employees for their daily efforts.

“I know it’s been an unusual (year) and a trying one,” Judge Wade A. Kagarise said.

Judge Jackie Bernard told the employees watching the transmission that it’s an honor to work with them.

“You have our heartfelt appreciation,” Bernard said.

President Judge Elizabeth Doyle and Judge Timothy M. Sullivan acknowledged that the virtual presentation, titled “Promising Progress through a Pandemic,” eliminated what they liked best about the annual assembly: the chance to greet each employee and express thanks.

Doyle also encouraged viewers to clap for Jean Reindl, an administrative assistant in the adult parole office selected to receive the Raising the Bar Award based on nominations by co-workers.

In reading portions of the nominations, Doyle spoke of Reindl’s wealth of knowledge and her willingness to help others. Her name will be added to a plaque on display at the courthouse.

The judges also praised the committee of employees who collected information and departmental staff pictures for the virtual presentation, enhanced by familiar music associated with TV shows such as “Law and Order” and “Bad Boys.”

Committee members were: Molly Wink, Joseph Labriola, Clark Sheehe, David Patterson, Sally Adams, Nicole Smith, Cathy Lythgoe, Amanda Moore, Jean Reindl, Jessica Miller, Keith Calhoun and Meghan Irwin.

Former President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva is credited with introducing the annual employee recognition ceremony, starting in 2008.

It has been canceled once, in 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.


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