LISTEN: Lincoln Park Is Seeking A New School Board Member

In January, the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland learned that school

board President Chris Shovlin was retiring at the end of the year. Now the board is seeking a new member who, according to current Vice President Scott Portonova, understands the history and tradition of Midland and Lincoln Park:

Portonova also spoke about the process in which the candidates will be subjected and selected:

Applicants MUST be Pennsylvania residents and have their applications submitted by March 23.

LISTEN: Destruction Begins At Site For New Speedway Station In New Brighton

Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the action being set in motion on the block in New Brighton where the new Speedway gas station and convenience store will be operating starting in the summer, says New Brighton Borough Manager Tom Albanese:


In his interview with Beaver County Radio, Albanese said he is very pleased to see the new business coming into that section of town:


As far as New Brighton residents and travelers are concerned, the construction should only cause slight traffic issues between now and grand opening:


The new Speedway station will be located in the area of New Brighton where the former Brighton Beverage (later Fischer’s Beverage) stood.

LISTEN: Jim Shaner Talks About The 2018 Maple Syrup Festival With Matt Drzik!

Believe it or not, the 41st Annual Maple Syrup Festival is less than a month away! That means the pancakes and sausage will be on the grill, the sap will be coming out of the trees, and Beaver County will celebrates one of its most popular tradition.

Jim Shaner, who is the Executive Director of the Beaver County Conservation District (the organization in charge of the festival), joined Matt Drzik on the March 9 edition of A.M. Beaver County to talk about this year’s festival, as well as the programs and education that are benefited through the Maple Syrup Festival’s proceeds.

The 2018 Maple Syrup Festival is set for April 7 and 8 at the Brady’s Run Lodge in Fallston.

To hear the FULL interview, click on the players below.

Part 1

Part 2

Riverside School Board Members Vote Unanimously On Armed School Officer

On Tuesday, March 6, the Riverside School Board, in their public agenda meeting held at the Middle School Library, voted unanimously to hire John Ludwig as an armed officer to patrol the Riverside School District. The school also voted to pay Ludwig $20 per hour upon his hiring. The move to approve was declared by school board president Shawn Plassmeyer and then agreed upon in this announcement:

For more on this story, tune into Beaver County Radio tomorrow morning at 6:30 for news with Pat Septak.

The Beaver River Is Rising: What Does It Mean?

The rising waters along the Beaver River has created concerns with the citizens in river-based towns such as Rochester, Ambridge, and Monaca. So what does the level of the water mean for the citizens of Beaver County? Well, Lee Hendricks from the National Weather Service spoke with Beaver County Radio about the situation, and he says that water levels might decrease rather slowly…

Furthermore, Hendricks spoke about what the citizens of river-based areas should do…

And it’s not just the rain that those in the most saturated areas should watch out for…

For the latest weather reports and updates, be sure to check out A.M. Beaver County with Pat Septak and Matt Drzik from 6:30 to 9:00 AM on WBVP and WMBA.

“Free Food Friday” With Rachel From Al’s Corner!

It was getting to be lunchtime, and the staff at Beaver County Radio was getting a little hungry. Thankfully, they were saved by a stop by Rachel McGreal from Al’s Corner in Koppel, located on the corner of Route 18 and Route 351 in Koppel.

Rachel brought in an assortment of good food for the Beaver County Radio on-air staff, including fish sandwiches, sweet sausage sandwiches, pizza, and homemade macaroni and cheese. Rachel also mentioned the different types of food specials that Al’s has daily, as well as the well-known fountain drink special they’ve carried for years.

If you missed it, and you want to get a “taste” of what Al’s has to offer, check out the Facebook Live video that we streamed! Don’t drool too much…

Announcement By CCBC Sparks Positive Attitudes

Earlier today, the Community College of Beaver County announced its plans to work with Shell and Mascaro, in an effort to expand the campus physically (adding a Construction Academy, expanding the Process Technology Center), as well as broadening its opportunities for present and future students. In addition, Mascaro and Shell are donating a combined $1.5 million to the Monaca college.

This announcement brought on good vibrations throughout the Golden Dome, including from Beaver County Commissioner Chairwoman Sandie Egley (in a live interview with Pat Septak):

CCBC President Chris Reber also had a good feeling about the college going forward:

And Shell’s Vice President of the Pennsylvania Department, Hilary Mercer, talked about the expansion of the college being a strong tunnel for students going forward:

Here’s some more shots from today’s big announcement at the college:

CCBC Announces Building Expansion, Receives $1.5 Million In Donations

One day after school was out of session due to President’s Day, the Community College of Beaver County resumed classes…and announced they were back.

In an hour-long ceremony at the Golden Dome, CCBC made official the announcement that they were beginning a new initiative, including expanding the current Process Technology Center, and working with local companies such as Shell and Mascaro. Mascaro is making a $500,000 donation to the college and creating the Mascaro Construction Academy, dedicated to helping those who want to learn their futures in the construction business.

Shell, whose newest plant in Potter Township is expected to bring positive economy and jobs to Beaver County, donated $1 Million to CCBC toward the expansion of the Process Technology Center. Today’s announcement follows CCBC’s previous announcement of joining forces with other colleges announced in December.

The ceremony also included several promotional videos, as well as a pre-recorded message from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

If you missed the announcement on our Facebook Livestream earlier, click on the video below to watch it back.


And check out these other photos from today’s announcement:

Doug Biega Talks WPIAL Playoffs On Saturday Sports Slam

He won’t be on the sidelines for the first time in over a decade, but that isn’t stopping former head coach Doug Biega from knowing what to look out for in the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

The two-time state champion head coach of the Beaver Falls Tigers from 1999-2017 joined Matt Drzik and Greg Benedetti for an analysis on the WPIAL Boys’ playoffs, as well as the nature of today’s high school basketball and the fan aspect of the events.

To hear the FULL interview, click on the player below.