Celebrate the Newly Remodeled Rochester SHOP ‘n SAVE & the Grand Opening of TRUE VALUE Hardware!

September 19, 2023: Rochester, PA – Join us on Saturday, October 14, to celebrate the redesigned Rochester Shop ‘n Save and the grand opening of True Value Hardware! It’s a fun day for the entire community! Check out the new Shop ‘n Save store design featuring new departments, True Value Hardware, and much more!

Our valued vendors will feature special tastings throughout Shop ‘n Save. The festivities do not end in-store and continue all day long featuring our Community Heroes – Firefighters, Police, K-9s, and EMS!

Big ticket giveaways all day long featuring Grills, Riding Mowers, Firepits, and MORE!

Schedule of Events:

11:00 am – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featuring comments from

Local and State Officials and Store Management.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Free Hot Dogs, Pumpkin & Cupcake Decorating,

Root Beer Floats courtesy of United Diary.

3:00 – 7:00 pm – Grand Opening RIBFEST featuring live music by the



11:00 am- 7:00 pm

750 Ohio River Boulevard, Rochester, PA 15074

T.J. Watt’s scoop-and-score lifts Steelers past Browns 26-22 as Cleveland loses Nick Chubb to injury

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt celebrates in the end zone after recovering a fumble by Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and returning it for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — T.J. Watt returned a fumble 17 yards for the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Cleveland Browns 26-22. The game was overshadowed by a gruesome left knee injury to Browns running back Nick Chubb. The four-time Pro Bowler left on a cart after getting hit low by Pittsburgh safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers improved to 1-1, beating Cleveland at home during the regular season for the 20th straight time. The Browns fell to 1-1 and likely will be without one of their best players for a while.

Norfolk Southern announces details of plan to pay for lost home values because of Ohio derailment

FILE – A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern trains, Feb. 6, 2023. Norfolk Southern announced new details Monday, Sept. 18, about its plan to compensate East Palestine residents for lost home values since the fiery derailment disrupted life in the eastern Ohio town in February. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Norfolk Southern announced new details Monday about its plan to compensate East Palestine residents for lost home values since the fiery derailment disrupted life in the eastern Ohio town in February. The railroad’s program will no doubt be welcomed by some people who want to sell their homes and move away rather than deal with the lingering health worries. But some critics say the railroad should be doing more to address those health concerns instead of worrying so much about economic recovery in the area. The program will pay homeowners the difference between the appraised market values of their homes and the sale price. But accepting payment will force homeowners to forego any property claims they might eventually collect in a lawsuit.

Senate ditches dress code as Fetterman and others choose casual clothes

FILE – Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., waves to members of the media, Monday, April 17, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stuffy Senate is now a bit less formal. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says staff for the chamber’s Sergeant-at-Arms will no longer enforce a dress code on the Senate floor. The change comes after Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman has been unapologetically wearing shorts as he goes about his duties, voting from the doorways so he doesn’t get in trouble for his more casual attire. Schumer says he will continue to wear a suit. The dress code will only apply to senators, not staff. The changes prompted outrage from some of the chamber’s more formal members.

Center Supervisors awaiting for more information on 2 new developments

Story by Sandy Giordano – Beaver County Radio. Published September 19, 2023 10:00 A.M.

(Center Township, PA) On Monday night the supervisors held their regular meeting  and no action was taken on bond reduction for the  Highland Meadows bond reduction for the subdivision,  More information is being requested from Chipotle for the required bonding and certificate of insurance for the new business.

PennDOT Data Shows Pennsylvania Roundabouts Reducing Fatalities, Injuries, and Crashes

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that according to department data, fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall after intersections at 39 locations were replaced with 42 roundabouts.


“PennDOT is continuing its work to identify and implement innovations and best practices across Pennsylvania,” PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “I’m proud to see that the data on roundabouts remains consistent on saving lives and reducing crash severity.”


PennDOT recently reviewed data for 36 single-lane and six multi-lane roundabouts on state routes at intersections that were previously stop or signal controlled. This update to data released in 2022 now includes an additional seven roundabouts. These intersections were selected based on having at least three years of crash data available before and after the roundabouts were built. This accounts for a total of 460 before years and 250 after years of data.


Department data from 2003 through 2022 obtained from police-submitted crash reports and weighted based on the number of before and after years, but not for increases in traffic volume shows that crashes involving suspected serious injuries were reduced by 24%; crashes involving suspected non-serious injuries were reduced by 51%; and the total number of crashes were reduced by 3%.


Although roundabouts are frequently installed to address intersections with safety issues, they are also commonly installed to improve traffic flow or for other reasons such as traffic calming.


The seven new roundabouts included in this review are at the following intersections:

  • Berks County:
    • Route 73 and Lynx Drive, opened in 2019.
    • Route 73 and Oley Road, opened in 2019.


  • Bucks County:
    • Route 4049 (Tollgate Road) and Old Bethlehem Pike, opened in 2019.


  • Crawford County:
    • Route 6/322 and Route 19/98, opened in 2019.


  • Cumberland County:
    • Route 2017 (Lisburn Road) and Rossmoyne Road, opened in 2019.


  • Luzerne County:
    • Route 2008 (Middle Road) and Prospect Street, opened in 2019.


  • Wyoming County:
    • Route 1017 (College Ave.) and Edwards Lane, opened in 2019.


Additional roundabouts included in this review can be found on the PennDOT website.


In addition to the 42 that met the selection criteria, 36 other roundabouts have been built on state routes.


Although roundabouts are typically safer and more efficient than traditional signalized intersections, they may not always be the best option due to topography or other reasons, such as property impacts, capacity issues and proximity to other intersections.


Roundabouts are recognized by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) as an innovation that has become standard practice within the transportation community.

The Pennsylvania STIC facilitates the rapid implementation of proven, well-researched and documented state, regional, national and international technologies, tactics, techniques and other innovations that are new to Pennsylvania. The STIC also supports the implementation of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts (EDC) innovations.


Sewickley Man Builds Mansion, Sentenced To Prison For Tax Fraud

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to one year and  one day in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States. Nocito, former CEO and President of  Pittsburgh-based Automated Health Systems (AHS), will serve – in addition to his prison sentence  – 3 years of supervised release, which includes six months on home detention, and pay approximately  $15,824,056 in restitution to the Government. United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced  today.  

United States District Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Joseph Nocito,  age 81, of Sewickley, PA.  

Court documents and statements outline Nocito’s scheme between 2006 and 2012 to illegally  classify millions of dollars of personal expenses as deductible business expenses and finance  construction of a 51,000-square-foot mansion valued at approximately $30 million. Nocito named  the home “Villa Noci.” The falsified expenses included interior and exterior construction costs;  design and furnishings; an outdoor pool and pool house; tennis, basketball and bocce courts; and  landscaping for the grounds. Nocito also fraudulently expensed millions of dollars for other personal  expenses such as luxury vehicles, artwork, country club memberships, homes for his children and  private school tuition for grandchildren.  

In addition to filing false personal returns, Nocito underreported AHS’s profits by shuffling  millions of dollars of income through other entities in fraudulent transactions designed to conceal  AHS’s true income and tax liability. Among other things, Nocito made recurring, sham payments  from AHS to other entities he controlled, falsely characterizing the transactions as payments for  management, administrative or consulting expenses. He then deducted the expenses in AHS’s  corporate income tax returns.  

“The defendant diverted millions of dollars that should’ve gone to the IRS and used it to build  a 51,000 square foot mansion in the Pittsburgh suburbs, amounting to the largest tax fraud ever  perpetrated in our District,” said U.S. Attorney Olshan. “This crime is an affront to every  hardworking, tax-paying individual in this country. We commend our partners with IRS Criminal  Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their thorough and tireless efforts to hold  this defendant accountable for his egregious conduct.” 

“Today’s sentencing brings Mr. Nocito’s massive scheme to defraud the IRS to a  conclusion,” said Yury Kruty, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation. “Tax fraud  of this magnitude, never before seen in this Judicial District, deserves to be punished and today was  Mr. Nocito’s day of reckoning. Honest taxpayers suffer when self-admitted criminals like Mr.  Nocito swindle the government. The Special Agents of IRS-CI, our law enforcement partners, and  the Department of Justice remain steadfast in our dedication to prosecuting those who carry out  schemes that cheat the government and hurt those who pay their fair share.” 

United States Attorney Olshan commended the IRS-Criminal Investigation and the U.S.  Postal Inspection Service who investigated the case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory C. Melucci and Nicole A. Stockey for the Western District  of Pennsylvania and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Matthew L. Cofer of the Tax Division  prosecuted the case. 

Willows Event Center Hosts Highly Anticipated Holiday Fashion Event of the Year

Industry, Pa – The newly renovated Willows Event Center will host the highly anticipated From Festive to Forever, a holiday fashion extravaganza presented by House of Couture Designs on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Along with holiday gowns and party attire, House of Couture Designs, located in McCandless Crossings, will also feature its stunning spring bridal collection.

Willows, an event center for weddings, community and corporate events, boasts a fine dining restaurant and overnight lodging. “At Willows, we believe in creating experiences that resonate with our guests’ desires for style and elegance. This exclusive event is a testament to our commitment to delivering memorable moments in a luxurious setting,” said Jennifer Betters-Laracuente, director of operations.

Supporting the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF), guests will immerse themselves in an evening of sophistication as breast cancer survivors grace the runway, creating a captivating fashion showcase.

YWBCAF Executive Director Jennifer Kehm shares her enthusiasm, “Our breast cancer survivors are looking forward to this special event as they have come so far in their journeys. These women are breathing masterpieces of resilience, strength and beauty, walking the runway of life with courage and grace.”

Additionally, models from the House of Couture Designs will be hand-selected, unveiling the chic apparel.

“I am thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of this extraordinary event,” said Skye Douglass, owner, House of Couture Designs. “Guests will be dazzled at the hottest trends in holiday fashion and bridal gowns. And, brides-to-be will be in awe of this newest collection, including top designers and unconventional colors.”

Those interested in attending may purchase VIP and general admission tickets through Eventbrite. Use promo code FASHION2023 for a $15 discount until September 30, 2023. VIP tickets will receive early admission, a lovely gift bag and exclusive seating at the runway. All guests will receive one complimentary drink ticket with a cash bar throughout the evening.

Route 65 Ohio River Boulevard Lane Restrictions this Week in Ambridge

Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is announcing inspection activities on the Ambridge- Aliquippa Bridge and Laughlin Memorial Bridge over Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) in Ambridge Borough, Beaver County will occur Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19-20 weather permitting.

Single-lane restrictions will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day on Route 65 for bridge inspection activities according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 19 – A southbound lane restriction between 12th Street and 9th Street for the inspection of the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge
  • Wednesday, September 20 – Lane restrictions in both directions between Cross Street and 4th Street for the inspection of the Laughlin Memorial Bridge

Crews from the Pickering, Corts & Summerson will conduct the routine inspection activities.

Hopewell Schools acted on high alert Friday due to social media threats

Story by Sandy Giordano – Beaver County Radio. Published September 19, 2023 9:52 A.M.

(Hopewell Township, PA) On Friday, Hopewell Area School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Beltz said a threat was found on social media targeting schools holding homecoming festivities over the weekend. A Hopewell Police officer was sent to each of the district’s buildings as a precaution.