WEATHER FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

WEATHER FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

TODAY: Possibility of Snow tapering off and ending this morning but skies will remain cloudy this afternoon. Some rain may mix in. High 44F.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low 27F

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours and will become overcast in the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 56F.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. High around 45F.

TROMBETTA sentencing scheduled for this summer

Beaver County Radio

A year and a half after he pleaded guilty to tax conspiracy, sentencing for Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta has been scheduled for this summer.
Sentencing for Trombetta’s accountant, Neal Prence of Koppel, is scheduled for July.
Prence was indicted alongside Trombetta and charged with tax conspiracy for assisting Trombetta in the tax fraud scheme. Trombetta’s sister, Elaine Trombetta Neill, is expected in court early next week.

Then-prosecutor James Wilson alleged Neill used a company set up by her brother as a “conduit through which Dr. Nicholas Trombetta could channel money to himself, his sister, his mother and other persons.”

Pets die in NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. FIRE

Al Goehring, Pat Septak, Mike Romigh

NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. FIRE

Thankfully, there were no injuries in a Thursday morning fire at 2365 River Road in North Sewickley Twp.— Unfortunately a dog and cat were killed.

North Sewickley Township Assistant Fire Chief Randy Syphrit said a passerby saw smoke coming out of all the windows at 10:11 a.m. and reported it. Syphrit said he believes the cause to be electrical…maybe a salt water aquarium’s pump.

Neither homeowner Linda Maloney nor her son, Justin Patterson were in the home at the time of the fire.

Frisco, Koppel, Ellwood City and Wurtemburg-Perry fire departments all assisted.

Future for Charities w/o the Power Plant?

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The loss of about 850 jobs with the potential closing of First Energy’s Nuclear Power Plant could be only the beginning of difficulties for the area.

According to Mike Rubino, executive director of the United Way of Beaver County said, “First Energy Corp. has been an unbelievable partner, not just to the United Way, but to other charities in Beaver County. They’ve always gone over and above.”

“It’s a tough day,” Rubino said after hearing the news that FirstEnergy Corp. could deactivate the plant within the next three years. “It’s definitely going to be a challenging next couple of years.”

FirstEnergy’s impact in the community goes well beyond the United Way. According to the company’s website, FirstEnergy pays upwards of $4 million annually in property, payroll and utility taxes to support area schools.

None of this includes the volunteer hours and food donations from the Power Plant employees.

FirstEnergy To Close Nuclear Power Plant In Shippingport In 2021

A subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. says it plans to close its nuclear power plant in Shippingport in the year 2021. FirstEnergy Solutions announced Wednesday that it notified the regional transmission organization that it will close the Beaver Valley Power Station. According to FirstEnergy’s website, the Beaver Valley Power Station employs around 1,000 people and is one of the largest employers in Beaver County.

Rain Today With Temps In Lower ’60s; Much Colder Weather Expected For Easter Weekend

WEATHER FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH, 2018

* DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR BEAVER COUNTY UNTIL 10 AM THIS MORNING…LIMITED VISIBILITIES WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY DIFFICULT.
IF DRIVING, SLOW DOWN, USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS, AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU. *

TODAY – AREAS OF PATCHY FOG THIS MORNING. PERIODS
OF RAIN. HIGH – 61.

TONIGHT – MORE RAIN LIKELY. SNOW MAY MIX IN.
LOW – 37.

GOOD FRIDAY – CLOUDY WITH SNOW SHOWERS, MAINLY
DURING THE MORNING. HIGH – 44.

SATURDAY – MOSTLY CLOUDY. SLIGHT CHANCE OF A
RAIN SHOWER. HIGH – 56.

EASTER SUNDAY – INTERVALS OF CLOUDS AND
SUNSHINE. HIGH – 43.

70th Anniversary Moments – The Jaggerz

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.

Through the years, many famous bands have been a part of WBVP, WMBA and sister F.M. radio station, WWKS.  National acts like Tiny Tim, Tony Bennett,  Motely Crue and Great white have been live on the air in the Beaver Falls studio.  Many local bands have also enjoyed having their music air on the stations, or have been interviewed, like B.E. Taylor, Donnie Iris, The Granati Brothers, Sidewinder, Dawn Savage and The Neon Oranges, among many others, but the band that perhaps has had the longest and deepest relationship with the radio stations over the years is The Jaggerz.

In March of 1970, The Jaggerz ‘ hit song “The Rapper” spent 6  weeks on the Billboard Magazine top 10 list. It was one of three songs released  by the group to crack Billboard’s top 100.  The original group consisted of Jimmy Ross, Benny Faiella, Jim Pugliano, Donnie Iris, Thom Davies and Bill Maybray.  They were all from in and around Beaver County.

The Jaggerz performing at the Holiday House in Monroeville in 1968. Courtesy of Jimmy Ross.

So, it only makes sense that in June of 1968, it was while listening to WBVP and driving through Beaver Falls, that the Jaggerz heard themselves for the first time being played on the radio.  Jimmy Ross remembers the day well. “We had just recorded ‘Baby I Love You’ in Philadelphia, and on that day.  Bill Maybray and I  were driving up 7th avenue in Beaver Falls in a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne sedan.  We were heading to a rehearsal at Club Naturale and the song came on the radio.  We pulled over to the side of the road to listen.  It was the first time that we ever heard one of our songs on the radio”.   Club Naturale was a popular bar and nightclub that was located at the corner of 7th Avenue and 9th street in downtown Beaver Falls.  A few years ago, the building was razed and an empty, grassy lot is now on that corner.

Tony Scott, aka, Sam Nicotero, Donnie Iris and Jimmy Ross at WBVP in 1973. Courtesy of Jimmy Ross.

In 1973, Jimmy Ross and Donnie Iris joined WBVP show host Tony Scott, also know as Sam Nicotero, in the studio and presented him and the station with plaques to honor the station for being supportive of the band and its music.  One of the plaques is still on display in the station offices at 1316 7th Avenue in Beaver Falls.

The tradition will continue this May, as The Jaggerz, now comprised of Ross, Faiella, Hermie Granati, Dennis McAbee, Paul Martello and Chris Patarini, will perform at the WBVP 70th Anniversary Gala to be held on May 25, 2018 in the Grand Ballroom of the General Brodhead Hotel in Beaver Falls.

“70th Anniversary Moments” is presented by  Albert’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Aliquippa Giant Eagle, The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority, Beaver Valley Auto Mall, Beaver Valley Sheet Metal, Castlebrook Development, Freedom United Federal Credit Union, Hank’s Frozen Custard and Mexican Food,  Laughlin Insurance Agency and Rochester Manor and Villa.

Mule Factory to perform on The Beaver County Radio Sound Stage Thursday March 29, 2018

(Beaver County, PA)  Join Frank Sparks , host of Teleforum, and Scott Tady, Entertainment Editor for the Beaver County Times, this Thursday for “Notes On Local Entertainment” .  This week is special one hour show  from  The Beaver County Radio Sound stage that airs from  11:00 a.m. to noon on Beaver County Radio, 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA and Facebook Live.

The guys will welcome in the band Mule Factory,  George Boe will be on the bass, Hap Wichryk will pay mandolin and Jennifer Ann will be standing in on guitar. Mule Factory  will perform live for our listeners and for the Facebook Live audience.

The guys will also get you set for a huge  weekend of Entertainment in Beaver County. They’ll touch on what local artists are playing where and also get you set up to plan your weekend with the happenings in and around Beaver County.

“Notes on Local Entertainment” is brought to you each and every week by Wooley Bully’s in New Brighton. Make sure to tune in Every Thursday from 11:30 A.M.  to Noon for “Notes on Local Entertainment”.

Dan Camp Says Process Underway To Hire Financial Consultant

Beaver County Commissioners chairman Dan Camp says a candidate will be interviewed Monday for the financial consulting position that would replace full time financial administrator Ricardo Luckow, who was fired. Camp says there is no timetable to hire a consultant. If a suitable candidate is not found, Camp said the commissioners will consider hiring a firm to do the financial work. Camp says, so far, firms contacted work on contracts as short as three months.