HOLLIDAYSBURG – The older side of the Blair County Courthouse will take on a purple glow at night in recognition of National Recovery Month.
Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proclamation recognizing September as a month marking the work of those recovering from drug addiction and those involved in their treatment.
“It’s something that has an impact on the whole family and the community”, Blair County Drugs and Alcohol Partnership executive director Judy Rosser told commissioners.
Elsewhere in the country and other places in Pennsylvania, purple lights are also used to draw attention to National Recovery Month.
Founded in 1989, the effort was originally called Treatment Works! Month, then in 1998, it was renamed National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month.
Rosser said this year’s movement encourages people to put a purple bulb in an outdoor porch light to show their support for the ongoing efforts.
The county’s option of casting a purple glow on the older side of the courthouse is available due to the installation of additional lights a few years ago, when exterior renovations were undertaken to keep water out. infiltrate the courthouse. Although the exterior courthouse lights are not used regularly, they are able to illuminate the Allegheny Street side of the historic courthouse.
Commissioners Chair Bruce Erb praised Rosser and his organization for their efforts and resources to help local residents with drug and alcohol addiction.
“Your programs are so ambitious” said Erb.
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