Friday’s AMBC: ‘Tis The Season

On the Friday edition of A.M. Beaver County, Matt will talk to Bob Schleiden of Richland American Legion Post #548 about their Memorial Day festivities at 8:10, followed by the latest developments with Beaver County BOOM! 2022 with Mark & Nate Kopsack of PUSH Beaver County following the 8:30 news.

Curtis Walsh gets the party started with local news at 6:30 on Beaver County Radio.

Ray Liotta, ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ star, dies

(AP)- Ray Liotta, the actor best known for playing mobster Henry Hill in “Goodfellas” and baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams,” has died. He was 67. An official at the Dominican Republic’s National Forensic Science Institute who was not authorized to speak to the media confirmed the death of Ray Liotta and said his body was taken to the Cristo Redentor morgue. Representatives for Liotta told The Hollywood Reporter and NBC News that he died in his sleep Wednesday night in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming a new movie. Liotta’s most iconic role, as real life mobster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” came in 1990.

Beaver County Office Of Veterans’ Affairs Working With Groups To Memorialize Deceased Veterans & Help Living Veterans

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, the veterans of Beaver County will be paying tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty while gathering with their fellow service members who are still calling the area home.

Connected to all of that is the Beaver County Veterans’ Affairs offices, who are responsible for assisting veterans’ groups during the entirety of the year, and for Memorial Day weekend are assisting with placing flags on the gravesites of Beaver County veterans who are interred in area cemeteries. BCVA Director Kathy Nairn joined Matt Drzik on the May 26 edition of A.M. Beaver County to discuss the processes that take place during Memorial Day Weekend.

To listen to the full interview, click on the player below! To contact the Veterans’ Office, call 724-770-4450.

Infrastructure plan: $33M to clean up hundreds of oil wells

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration says $33 million in infrastructure money will be used to clean up some 277 of an estimated 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells on federal land. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says the money is part of $250 million provided through the infrastructure law for cleaning up orphaned wells and well sites on federal public lands, national parks, national wildlife refuges and national forests. Wildlife refuges and a park in Louisiana hold 163 of the high priority wells covered in Wednesday’s announcement. Others are in California, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. President Joe Biden signed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan on Monday.

PennDOT, PSP, Highway Safety Network Focus on Seat Belt Safety with ‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization

Harrisburg, PA – With Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer travel season, less than a week away, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and Highway Safety Network (HSN) are urging motorists to drive safe. The agencies are working with municipal police departments and other safety partners across the commonwealth to participate in the National “Click It or Ticket” (CIOT) Enforcement Mobilization running through June 5.

“Seat belts save lives,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “Through continued enforcement and education, we hope to see more people buckling up and fewer fatal crashes on Pennsylvania’s roads.”

In 2021 there were 12,672 crashes in Pennsylvania where at least one occupant was not wearing a seat belt, resulting in 378 fatalities.

In 2020, it is estimated that 94% of unbelted occupants, or 305 people, who were killed in crashes while traveling in passenger vehicles, including cars, small trucks, vans, and SUVs, could have survived if they had been buckled up.

PSP data from 2021 indicated during the four-day Memorial Day weekend, troopers investigated 844 crashes that resulted in eight fatalities and 183 injuries. State Police also cited 1,025 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued 144 tickets for not securing children in safety seats.

As part of the enforcement mobilization, state and local police, along with law enforcement across the United States, participated in a Border-to-Border initiative on May 23 to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety.

Pennsylvania law requires any occupant younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle, as well as drivers and front-seat passengers. Children under the age of 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.

In addition to adopting a zero-tolerance approach toward violators, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer car seat fittings and inspections throughout Pennsylvania, helping ensure that car seats are in good working condition, installed properly, and free from recalls.

“State police child passenger safety technicians undergo thorough training and are available to assist you,” said Major Jeremy Richard, acting PSP deputy commissioner of operations. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this free resource to help keep their youngest passengers safe while traveling.”

A complete list of child passenger seat fitting stations is available at psp.pa.gov.

Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Liaisons (LEL), a grant-funded program administered by the Highway Safety Network (HSN), are a vital link between PennDOT and local police agencies across the state. More than 400 municipal agencies are participating in the CIOT enforcement and education initiative to help reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on all Pennsylvania roadways.

“Once again, we are coordinating with our law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners during the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to educate people on the importance of wearing seat belts,” said HSN Executive Director Bob Schaeffer. “Law enforcement plays a critical role in increasing seat belt use by combining public awareness activities with targeted seat belt enforcement. Seat belts save lives. The single, most important thing you can do to protect yourself in a vehicle is to buckle up every time.”

The CIOT enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

PennDOT encourages motorists to visit 511PA’s Historic Holiday Traffic page to plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state this Memorial Day weekend. The holiday travel tool allows the public to see how traffic speeds on the Friday before and on Memorial Day in 2019 and 2021 compare to traffic conditions during a typical, non-holiday week. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded representation of traffic speeds to help determine the best times to travel during the holiday.

While PennDOT will remove lane restrictions and suspend construction projects wherever possible, the Historic Holiday Traffic page also allows the public to view interstate restrictions that will be in place during the holiday travel period.

The public can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania by visiting www.511PA.com. The service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more information on seat belt safety visit, www.PennDOT.pa.gov/Safety.

AG Shapiro Statement on Upcoming White House Announcement on Policing Reforms

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is releasing the statement below ahead of the expected announcement this afternoon by the White House on executive orders being issued to address police reform in the United States.

“Today marks two years since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a now-convicted former police officer in the streets of Minneapolis. I am encouraged by the Administration’s steps to further the national effort on police reforms, as law enforcement and community leaders did hand-in-hand here in Pennsylvania in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s murder. The bipartisan Pennsylvania police misconduct database was signed into law two years ago, after I worked to bring community advocates, labor leaders, and law enforcement together to support this initiative. Our Pennsylvania effort was a clear building block that showed a path for this national effort. Additionally, my office has implemented similar reforms to our use of force policies including chokeholds and no knock warrants. Now we need to redouble our efforts to ensure our local police departments are fully staffed with those dedicated to this noble profession. And as I have said before, officers who engage in misconduct or use excessive force erode trust in law enforcement and make it harder for our communities to be and feel safe.”

Hopewell Township Approves Road Bids, and Approved Bids for Pavilion Roofs

(Hopewell Township, PA) Hopewell Commissioners met Monday night and approved  8 bids for road materials for its  road program at Monday night’s meeting.  Terry Rosinsky’s bid  of $10,050 for replacement of roofs on Pavilions 2 and 4 at the township park was approved.

The subdivision of 3 lots on SweetBrier Drive was approved in accordance with the township’s subdivision  and zoning ordinances. was approved by the commissioners.
The police department will receive 12 Motorola Mobile radios  for the officers use and in the police cars. The purchase price is 20% through a program offered by Beaver County.

Senate Democrats Call on Republicans to Immediately Prioritize Gun Violence Prevention Legislation and Appropriations


HARRISBURG – May 25, 2022 – Today, Pennsylvania Senate Democrats wrote a following letter to Republican leaders in response to rampant gun violence and mass shootings that have become too common in the United States. Just this year, 215 mass shootings have taken place in the country, with the devastating shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022, being the 215th.

In the letter, the caucus calls on the Republican majority to act on “reasonable and responsible legislation and appropriations” that does not infringe on Second Amendment rights but will help keep guns away from bad actors and support gun violence prevention. Senate Democrats list seven bills that have been introduced to mitigate gun violence but have sat in committee with no discussion or votes. They also highlight how American Rescue Plan dollars and Pennsylvania’s current budget surplus can be used to help communities prevent horrific violence.

Hopewell Township’s Memorial Day observance announced

Story by Sandy Giordano – Beaver County Radio

(Hopewell Township, PA)  The annual Memorial Day observance  begins with a parade led by the Hopewell Vikings band proceeding from the high school on Longvue Avenue to  Laird Drive and onto Brodhead Road at 10:30 a.m. Monday.  The annual observance, sponsored by VFW Post 8805 will begin at approximately 11 a.m. at the memorial located at the junior high school.

US moves to make antiviral drug more available against COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced more steps to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S. as it projects COVID-19 infections will continue to spread over the summer travel season. The nation’s first federally backed test-to-treat site is opening Thursday in Rhode Island. The site will provide patients with immediate access to the drug once they test positive. More federally supported sites are set to open in the coming weeks in Massachusetts and New York City, both hit by a marked rise in infections. Next week, the U.S. will send authorized federal prescribers to several Minnesota-run testing sites, turning them into test-to-treat locations.