BINGO

The Beaver Falls Lions Club will be hosting BINGO at the Beaver County Lighthouse, 720 3rd Ave. in New Brighton on Saturday January 26th

Early Bird at 6:30

Regular BINGO starts at 7:00

Specials, Strip Tickets, food and fun!

Center at the Mall events

January 21, 2019    Soup Charity Benefit   10 AM

January 29, 2019    Rivers Casino Trip       9 AM

February 9, 2019    Black Tie Gala at the Fez   5 pm

Stop in at the Beaver Valley Mall or call 724-774-5654 or check us out on the web  www.centeratthemall.com/

 

Flea Market in Harmony. January 19th

THE FLEA MARKET IS BACK at the Harmony Museum: There will be another Harmony Flea Market at Stewart Hall. Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8 am – 2 pm,

Tables $14.00 each or 2 for $23.00 call the museum office at 724-452-7341 or Suzie Rape 724-452-5860 to reserve tables. Sell some treasures, or come browse and bargain hunt. Lunch available.

Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, Jan. 12. 2109

Beaver Valley Assembly No. 187

                          International Order of the Rainbow for Girls

 

will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on:

Saturday, January 12 from 1PM-7PM

Bridgewater United Methodist Church, 908 Market Street, Bridgewater, PA.

                                          (Please use side entrance)

 

Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Children 3 thru 8

                                     Take outs are also available

 

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) is a Masonic youth service organization which teaches leadership training through community service. Girls (ages 11–20/21) learn about the value of charity and service through their work and involvement with their annual local and state Grand Service Projects.

 

Further questions or concerns may be addressed to Sandy Householder at 724 495-3340 or

Shirley Capo at 724 774-5928, Email:  jasper07@comcast.net

 

Register for Upcoming Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy is an informative, ten-week classroom series that gives an inside look at the Beaver/Vanport Area Police operations, while discussing the principles of community policing. The purpose is to promote a greater awareness and better understanding of local law enforcement’s continuously changing role in the community. Presented in a friendly, casual environment, the class covers a wide variety of subjects including Police communications, criminal law and procedures, street crime enforcement & investigations, and tours of local services. The course is open to all Beaver County residents 18 years & older who have no felony convictions. Applicants must agree to a no-charge criminal backgreound check.
The next CPA classes will start on Monday, March 11th in the Community Room at the Beaver Borough building and will continue to meet Monday evenings from 6-9 PM.

Applications can be picked up at the Beaver Police Department, or faxded and emailed, by calling Bonnie at 724-773-6709 X 101.

Beaver Valley Choral Society Rehearsals-looking for you!

The first rehearsal for the 2019 Lenten Season for the Beaver Valley Choral society will be held Monday, January 7th at 7PM at the New Brighton United Methodist Church (right across from the New Brighton Post Office). This is a NON-AUDITION Choir for anyone high school age & above who can sing tunefully or orchestra member who can play efficiently.
If you love to sing/play, want to make some new friends and long to be part of something thrilling, then come check out the Beaver Valley Choral society on Monday, January 7th at the New Brighton United Methodist Church at 7PM.

Ethnic Treats-Order from St. John’s Ambridge for Dec. 22nd

St John’s in Ambridge offers Holiday ethnic treats. Order now for December 22, 2018

Pirohy, Halushky, Nut Rolls and more are all offered by St. John’s Orthodox Church in Ambridge to brighten your holidays.
The church, known for its ethnic specialties, will be offering foods for sale on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM in its Parish Center at 722 Fifth Ave. in Ambridge.

Potato/Cheese Pirohy and Sauerkraut Pirohy, Fresh or Frozen $8.00 per dozen
Potato Dumpling Halushky $5 per pint or $8 per quart
Nut, Apricot and Poppy Seed Rolls $12 each
An assortment of cookies will be available on a first come, first served basis
Stuffed Cabbage, sold frozen 4 for $11

While the sale is open to the public that day, advanced orders are encouraged.
Orders can be placed by calling or texting Tim Polas at 724-462-3942

St. John’s serves Orthodox families from throughout Beaver County as well as the Airport Area and Cranberry Twp.

70th Anniversary Moments – Randy Cosgrove

This year commemorates the 70th anniversary of when Beaver County’s first radio station, WBVP, was heard over the airwaves for the the first time on May 25, 1948.  To mark the historical event, each week, another “70th Anniversary Moment” will be showcased on the airwaves and published on the station’s online feeds.

Randy Cosgrove on WMBA in 1992. Courtesy of Dr. Michael Sisk.

“Let me tell you, young Mr. Cosgrove, when you are up on the roof of Cleveland Municipal Stadium, you must never pee into the wind”.  Those were the words of legendary Steelers’ broadcaster, Myron Cope,  during halftime of a Steelers – Browns game out on the roof top of the old, long gone stadium sometime during the 1990’s, as spoken to and recalled recently by Randy Cosgrove.  The old Cleveland Municipal stadium, according to Randy Cosgrove, didn’t have any bathrooms that were close enough to the press box for the reporters to be able to use and then get back to their game coverage duties before the break was over, so outhouses were placed on the roof of the ancient facility to accommodate the broadcasters and journalists working in the press box.  It seemed, however that on one very windy day along the Lake Erie shoreline, when Cosgrove traversed up to the roof to use the facilities during halftime, The outhouse was already in use, and to top that off, Myron Cope was relieving himself right out in the open.  It was probably no big deal when you think about it. The roof would certainly have been water proof, nobody would have seen it, Myron needed to pee, and fellow Steelers announcer, Bill Hillgrove was probably getting impatient waiting for Cope’s  return to the play by play broadcast that day,  so Cope had to do what he had to do.  However, the story became legendary when Cope zipped up his pants, buttoned up his overcoat and turned around to  face Cogrove as he was heading back to the stairs.  Evidently a very strong, south westerly wind off of Lake Erie that day had blown most, if not all, of what was meant for the roof surface back on Cope’s clothing, nearly soaking parts of it.  Thus, the perspective of Cope’s quote earlier.  Cosgrove loved to tell that story.  He could imitate Myron Cope’s raspy unique sounding voice almost perfectly.  Cosgrove had a way with words. He could tell stories and hold an audience as good as anybody.  Randy Cosgrove, at that point in time, was working for the Pittsburgh Steelers as their public address announcer.   On Tuesday, December 4th, the wonderful stories and captivating dialogue from Cosgrove were muted, to use a broadcast term, for good as he passed away at age 67 in a Pittsburgh hospital.

In  addition to being able to describe the action on the field with great skill, Randy Cosgrove was a talented player as well, excelling in both basketball and baseball.  He was inducted into the Plum High School Sports hall of fame, and played both sports, including earning four letters in baseball, while attending Ashland University in Ohio.  Randy’s life would continue to revolve around athletics after graduating from Ashland in 1973.  He found work as the the sports information director at Robert Morris University and later on became the Athletic Director at North Hills High School.

Randy Cosgrove, Bob frynkewicz (Fry) and Dave Justice at a WMBA event in 1996. Courtesy of Bob Frynkewicz.

In the late 1980’s, Donn Wuycik was committed to finding and recruiting the best talent for his newly acquired radio station, WMBA in Ambridge.   Wuycik brought Randy Cosgrove aboard to fortify a strong stable of sports announcers that that also included Rob Matzie, Mike Vukovcan, Bob Pompeani, Mark Trombo, Tom Trkula, Bob Milhalik and even Aliquippa head football coach, Don Yanessa,  during that era.  The huge recruiting effort was put in place to accommodate the fact that WMBA was now poised to have a bigger impact than ever, as the station had recently been approved to broadcast 24 hours a day, and no longer was restricted to only carrying live high school sports broadcasts that occurred during the day time hours.  Randy Cosgrove was a key part to the success that WMBA experienced after expanding its coverage to twenty four hours a day.  Cosgrove would settle in on the sidelines  and don a broadcaster’s headset and describe the action from numerous area high school football and basketball games on the evenings and weekends.  In addition to that, he also co hosted a weekend sports talk show  called “More Sports”, and later on, anchored a daily afternoon sports talk show initially called “The Early Line” and later on referred to as “Talkin’ Sports” on WMBA.  Not many people, other than Cosgrove, could have filled the airwaves with enough, interesting information to sustain nearly twenty hours of sports oriented broadcasts every week, but he made it seem effortless. His shows were always well prepared and fun to listen to.

Randy Cosgrove and Jimi Miller broadcast live during Nationality Days on Merchant street in Ambridge on WMBA around 1989. Courtesy of Mike Romigh.

It was more than just sports for Randy Cosgrove.  He had talented writing and reporting skills, and in 1994, was part of a group of WMBA staffers that received a Golden Quill award for coverage that the station provided regarding the crash of USAir flight 427 in Hopewell Township.  He also found time to hit the streets and help sell adverting for WMBA in his first tour of duty, which lasted until 1998, and again during his encore performance with WBVP and WMBA in 2014 and 2015.

In between the two eras when he worked at WBVP and WMBA, Randy Cosgrove was still close to the sports action and enhanced the sports experience with his talents, as he always did on the airwaves, when he served as The Athletic Director for Ambridge Area High School, a post he held from 1998 through 2012.

NFL Hall of Famer, and Beaver falls native, Joe Namath, talks to Randy Cosgrove at a 2014 live broadcast on WBVP and WMBA at the Beaver Falls Elks Club.

In a sales meeting at WBVP and WMBA in 2014, Randy Cosgrove pitched station management on the idea of starting a sports talk show that would air on Saturday mornings .  Cosgrove knew how to sell and said he said those magic words that all radio station mangers love to hear:  “I’ll find a sponsor for the show”.   After hearing that,  It was no surprise that the deal was sealed with station brass, and Cosgrove had permission to see his idea through.  Probably only about 45 minutes after presenting the idea to radio station officials and getting the green light to proceed, the ever ambitious Cosgrove was out in Chippewa Township, PA proposing a sponsorship of his new forthcoming show to Sal’s Ristorante and Bar.  Nobody could say no to the level of passion Randy brought to the table, and by about the time that he had finished his spaghetti and meatballs that day, he had the show sold and ready to go on the air.  Cosgrove’s incarnation, and his lasting legacy at WBVP and WMBA, “The Saturday Sports Slam”,  was born.  Initially the show was co hosted by Cosgrove and current Beaver County Radio Program Director, Frank Sparks.  It continues to air on Saturday Mornings  from 8 until 10 A.M. with Matt Drzik and Greg Benedetti sitting behind the microphone.

Visitation for Randy Cosgrove will be on Friday December 7th from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9. at the Copeland Funeral Home in Coraopolis.  Visitation will also take place at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church form 1 until  2 P.M.  on Saturday, December 8th.

70th Anniversary Moments” is presented by  Abbey Carpet and Floor,  Albert’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing,  Aliquippa Giant Eagle, The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority, Beaver Valley Auto Mall, Beaver Valley Sheet Metal, Castlebrook Development, The Community College Of Beaver County,  Farmers Building and Savings Bank, Freedom United Federal Credit Union, Hank’s Frozen Custard and Mexican food, The Health Huts, Kitchen City, Laughlin Insurance Agency,  Rochester Manor and Villa and Young’s Jewelry and Coins.