The skies were clear, and thus a special moment for the descendants of a Beaver County veteran clear for takeoff.
On Friday, David Frome and Barbara Blosser (née Frome) took to the sky with the help of Air Heritage pilots aboard a C-47B Cargo Skytrain nicknamed “The Luck Of The Irish” took off from the Air Heritage grounds in Chippewa. David and Barbara are the children of World War II pilot David Frome, who was the original pilot of the C-47B during the international conflict. The airborne crew set off at 10:50 AM for a stop to the National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies in Cecil Township, Washington County.
According to pilot David Messersmith, the original plan wasn’t to have the Fromes on board. “We were contracted to do a fly-by for a 35-year Navy veteran at the Allegheny Cemetery,” he said, before realizing that the Fromes’ current cross-country trip had them near Beaver County; thus putting them near their father’s WWII plane. “We put two and two together, and were able to open up some seats for them to be on the aircraft. This all came together within the last two weeks.” Messersmith talked about the gathering with Tom Gargaro on the August 15 edition of Teleforum with Eddy Crow (Facebook feed below):
For Frome and Blosser, the experience to get to see their fathers’ plane–let alone take a ride in it–was too good to pass up. “I was here on July 4th of 2018, and I was able to sit in my dad’s seat and see the plane,” Blosser recalled. “So when I heard that my brother Dave was going to be able to fly and there was a seat available, I jumped on it.” Blosser flew in from Phoenix to Pittsburgh for this occasion, and will return by evening’s end.
“To sit in the seat that dad flew,” Frome exclaimed, “when they brought POWs back, when they dropped supplies, when they hauled a plane full of gasoline and landed so that [George] Patton could keep moving, and all these missions…it’s stunning. It truly is stunning, and pretty emotional.
To see some of the pictures from the takeoff of “The Luck Of The Irish” from Air Heritage, check out the gallery below:
Dr. Jeff Cohen of Allegheny Health Network and Laura Ellsworth of The Pittsburgh Foundation talk with host Jim Roddey on this week’s show to describe their paths to becoming “Heroes.”
“Heroes” is presented by Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Allegheny Health Network, airing Saturdays at 10:00 AM and Sundays at 12:30 PM on Beaver County Radio. Archived editions of “Heroes” can be heard at the Beaver County Radio Podcast Library.
The New Brighton Business District Authority are preparing themselves for “Taste Of The Town”, taking place at Big Rock Park from Noon until 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 20. The event will feature several restaurants from the borough mobilizing and gathering to Big Rock for an event that showcases the best eats that New Brighton has to offer. Though the food may not be free, attendance will be as First and Second Avenue will be closed off to allow for parking.
NBBDA members Langdon McComas and Valerie McElvy joined Matt Drzik on the August 19 edition of A.M. Beaver County to preview “Taste Of The Town”. To watch the full interview, click on the Facebook feed below!
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It’s an increasingly familiar sight in U.S. cities and suburbs: workers in gloves and masks, spraying yards for mosquitoes. As climate change widens the insect’s range and lengthens its prime season, more Americans are resorting to the booming industry of professional extermination. But the chemical bombardment worries scientists who fear over-use of pesticides is harming pollinators and worsening a growing threat to birds that eat insects. Federal officials report “dramatic” increases in illnesses spread by mosquitoes and other blood feeders, including Zika and West Nile viruses. At the same time, many beneficial insect species are threatened with extinction. Some experts say spraying should be a last resort, after removing breeding sites like standing water.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs. The software flaws could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices, Apple said Wednesday. The company said in a security statement that it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” Security experts have advised users to update affected devices — the iPhone6S and later models, newer iPads and Mac computers running MacOS Monterey. It also affects some iPod models. Commercial spyware companies are known for using such flaws in products designed to introduce malware and siphon data from targeted phones and other devices.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Two swimmers have survived shark attacks this week at South Carolina’s most popular beach. Police say both were bitten in Myrtle Beach on the same day and a half-mile apart. One woman from Pittsburgh needed hundreds of stitches after she was bitten in the forearm in waist-deep water on Monday. The other suffered a more glancing bite to the leg. Shark attacks on humans are extremely rare. The International Shark Attack File says just 47 shark bites were reported at beaches in the U.S. last year, after many millions of people enjoyed the water.
LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said a smaller dose of the monkeypox vaccine appears to still be effective and can be used to stretch the current supply by five times, echoing a recommendation made earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a statement on Friday, the EU drug regulator said injecting people with just one fifth the regular dose of the smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic appeared to be equally protective. The approach calls for administering Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine with an injection just under the skin rather than into deeper tissue, which may stimulate a better immune response.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces. The climate, tax and health care bill sets aside $70 billion over the next three years to keep out-of-pocket premium costs low for roughly 13 million people. And that money comes just before the reduced prices were set to expire in a year beset by record-high inflation. The bill will extend subsidies temporarily offered last year in a coronavirus relief bill that significantly lowered premiums and out-of-pocket costs for customers purchasing plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.
Ambridge Police File Photo Story by Sandy Giordano – Beaver County Radio. Published August 19, 2022 10:36 A.M.
(Ambridge, PA) Ambridge Police were contacted at 3:06 p.m. Thursday by the Beaver County Detectives to assist them at a residence on Melrose Avenue with trying to locate a wanted subject. Once in the area Police Chief John Deluca reported officers surrounded the residence and observed Austin Reefer, 28, trying to flee through the back door of the residence. Reefer observed officers and returned inside, refusing to come out. The county’s ESU to handle the barricaded subject . After a brief standoff Reefer was taken into custody without incident. Chief Deluca reported an ESU officer received a lacerated arm and was taken to the hospital. Chief Deluca thanked all agencies that responded to the incident for a job well done.