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VIDEO: Rochelle Burks of TRAILS Ministries Talks About 2020 U.S. Census

It’s an operation that seems to have been de-popularized and obscured over the last few generations, but the importance of the U.S. Census in 2020 is no less than it ever has been.

Rochelle Burks of TRAILS Ministries in Beaver Falls joined Matt Drzik on A.M Beaver County to discuss the 2020 U.S. Census, of which the deadline to submit information for it is September 30. To fill out the information, go to 2020census.gov and follow the procedures.

Burks elaborated on the importance of taking the Census, particularly for those who are without a home or place to live, and for the municipalities who may benefit from proper representation. She also spoke about how the process to complete the Census is not as tedious or long-winded as it may seem, as it only takes a few minutes to fill out the information. The information will then be used and considered for a full decade, to which Burks commented about the time factor as a positive investment for citizens, their neighbors, and their community.

To watch the full interview between Matt and Rochelle, click on the Facebook feed below!

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Shell Partners With CCBC & The Steelers For “A Day Of Hope” On September 18

On the heels of their most recent campaign, Shell Polymers is teaming up with the Community College of Beaver County and the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with Convoy Of Hope, to present “A Day Of Hope”. The event, starting at 9 AM, will allow families in need to retrieve a bag of groceries for no charge, and the event will carry on until all of the food has been donated.

Shell spokesperson Michael Marr & CCBC chief of staff Kolton Codner joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to discuss the event, and how all of the organizations involved along with the volunteers have created a strong message of giving during these tough and unusual times. “A Day Of Hope” will also feature Steelers personnel past and present, and it will take place at the main parking lot of CCBC (near the Golden Dome).

Click on the banner above for a closer look, and click on the player below for this morning’s FULL discussion about “A Day Of Hope”.

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Haircuts, Flannelgrams, & The Internet: How First Baptist In Rochester Is Reinventing Itself

Churches have had to re-examine their audiences and outreach due to COVID-19 this year, and First Baptist Church in Rochester is no exception. Thankfully, the church has managed to create several ideas into realities aimed at not just keeping the core followers, but also new followers from around the world.

First Baptist pastor Rev. Phil Huggins and Secretary Sue Pearce talked with Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County about the livestreaming that the church has done for its services, bringing them worshippers from well beyond Rochester and the surrounding areas. They also spoke about the Children’s Corner, in which they are mixing the new (YouTube, Instagram) with the old (puppets, flannelgrams) to present stories of the Bible to the youth in the church.

The duo also spoke about the upcoming free haircut sessions taking place on September 21 at the church; offering them to those who perhaps have yet to shed their quarantine curly-q’s. The haircut sessions will be monthly until year’s end.

For more information on First Baptist, check out their website.

To hear the full interview with Rev. Huggins, Sue & Matt, click on the player below!

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“Final Warning” Is The Latest Novel From Joseph Max Lewis

It is written in the Gospel of John–Chapter 18, Verse 38–that Pontius Pilate told Jesus Christ “What is truth?” before a futile attempt to avoid the punishment that would soon lead to the death and resurrection that Christians still celebrate in faith to this day.

It is in that spirit–that of Christian faith amidst a world confused on what the truth is–that Joseph Max Lewis wrote “Final Warning”, the fifth novel and latest in his series around “The Diaries Of Pontius Pilate”.

Max talked about his latest work with Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County, and he described the backdrop behind this novel that is rooted in today’s political and justice-seeking turmoil. The novel stems from a “100% Christian” perspective (as Max said), but also dips into the concept of narrative-based journalism and commentary where citizens and groups alike puts their beliefs and hopes before (or in defiance of) facts.

Also an attorney in Western Pennsylvania, Lewis described how his understanding of the law played an essential role in “Final Warning”, which is available wherever books are sold, as well as Lewis’ personal website.

To hear the full interview between Max & Matt, click on the player below!

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AUDIO: Bob Barrickman Talks About Plans & Rules For WPIAL 2020 Fall Season

He’s been to the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame, he’s made multiple trips to Pittsburgh, Hershey, and State College for championship games, and it seems that he’s seen and covered it all when it comes to high school sports in Beaver County.

But for Beaver County Radio sports director Bob Barrickman–and for everyone else, really–the year 2020 has dismantled tradition and brought many new aspects of life.

The WPIAL recently announced the reconfiguration of the 2020 Fall Sports season, which includes start times for practices and games. Specifically for football, that means pushing back the start date for games to the weekend of September 11-12, and reducing the maximum number of games per team to only 7.

Bob spoke about these new rules and regulations with Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County on August 3, and how the WPIAL is planning to move ahead without fans, and possibly without the PIAA playoffs once that is decided upon. He also spoke about how the presence of no fans will have an effect on the mindsets of players and coaches alike, and a COVID-19 quarantine protocol that may provide a lot of confusion and chaos if implemented to any team.

To hear the full discussion between Bob and Matt, click on the player below.

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BC Amateur Astronomers To Host Special “Star Party” At Brady’s Run Softball Field On July 25

Seems like the sky is the only part of life that hasn’t been affected these days is the sky above, and the Beaver County Amateur Astronomers are inviting you to take a closer look at what lies above and beyond.

Curt DiGiovine, Frank Marzano, & Michael Colalella from the Beaver County Amateur Astronomers joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to talk about a “Star Party” that the organization is holding tomorrow night, July 25, at the Brady’s Run Softball Fields in Fallston. The public is invited to attend for free and are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and binoculars or telescopes to the viewing. Social distancing practices will be in place, and face coverings are strongly recommended.

The trio of astronomers spoke about the awe-inspiring nature of the elements in the sky, the intricacies that are necessary for the stars/planets/comets to be viewed, and the feeling that many first-time viewers have when they see these “jewels in the sky”. They also addressed the natural phenomenon of how long it takes these comets and planets to appear on schedule, plus the effects that a decrease in air pollution has contributed to stargazing.

To hear the full interview with the BC Amateur Astronomers, click on the player below!

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Phil Bourque Talks About The Penguins & The 2020 Cup Playoffs With Matt Drzik

Usually the summertime for the National Hockey League means respite, reorganizing, and the frenzy of free agency that shakes up the rosters of all 31 NHL teams.

But in 2020, where everything in life has become unusual, 24 teams–including the Pittsburgh Penguins–are getting ready for a playoff run like never before.

Penguins color commentator (and two-time Stanley Cup champion) Phil Bourque talked to Matt Drzik on AM Beaver County to talk about the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin August 1 and will include Game 1 of the best-of-5 series between the Pittsburgh Penguins (the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference) and Montreal Canadiens (#12).

Bourque spoke about the notion of this Cup run being tougher than any other in history, as the Pens will need 19 wins in order to hoist Cup #6 in franchise history. Phil also analyzed the return of Sidney Crosby to practice, the seemingly unending goalie controversy between Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry, and which player he believes will be the “x-factor” (for better or worse) for the Penguins as they traverse to Toronto for the playoffs.

Beaver County Radio will have all the coverage of the Pens’ playoff push, and Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Montreal will come your way on August 1; puck drop is set for 8:00 PM.

To hear the full interview with Matt and “The Ol’ 29er”, click on the player below!

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Charity During COVID: A Discussion With Dr. Pete Birchler & Mike Rubino

On the one hand, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive shakeup in communications, funding, and everyday operations for many charities and charity organizations. On the other hand, the pandemic has restructured many citizens’ mindsets regarding helping one another, creating a larger push to support and give to those in need. So how does the process look 4 months into this worldwide change?

That was the topic of this month’s edition of “People Purpose Planet” in which Dr. Peter Birchler from the Chiropractic Health Center in Chippewa and A.M. Beaver County host Matt Drzik welcomed guest Mike Rubino from the United Way of Beaver County. Mike talked about both sides of the ebb and flow of charity during the pandemic, praising Beaver County citizens and organizations for pulling together to help funding for those in need, but also recognizing the issues with day-to-day activites and special events becoming cancelled events in the wake of making sure everyone is safe.

To watch the full discussion, click on the Facebook feed below.

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Beaver Valley Choral Society To Hold “Summer Sing” July 27-29

The last time that the Beaver Valley Choral Society had made an appearance on A.M. Beaver County was March 11, when they were preparing to perform their Lenten concerts and talking about celebrating 100 years with a trip to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Then nothing happened. We know why nothing happened.

Fast forward four months, and the Choral Society is set to return with their annual “Summer Sing” gathering, in which community members can learn new music and reconstitute their vocal skills during this 3-day event from July 27 to July 29.

BVCS President Lee Pfiefer, Artistic Director Ray Rotuna, and Associate Director (and chief Summer Sing organizer) Sharon Burchill joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to discuss the 2020 Summer Sing, particularly the Appalachian theme of traditional music that will be sung, and the parameters of gathering via Zoom to ensure safety for Summer Sing participants.

The trio then gave a small preview of the singing to be sung as they performed a rendition of “God Bless America”, featuring Beaver County Radio’s Mark Peterson on the bass part (or so we believe).

The 2020 Summer Sing will take place July 27-29, and more information about the event can be found by clicking here.

To hear the full interview about the BVCS Summer Sing, click on the player below!

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Tim Wetzel Previews “Star Spangled Saturday” With Matt Drzik

There was supposed to be a show in Beaver County to celebrate summer, America, and Beaver County, in a display over the confluence of the Beaver & Ohio Rivers.

Now, there will be two shows.

The first of those shows will take place on Saturday, June 27, as Beaver County Radio presents “Star Spangled Saturday”, where a trio of planes is set to fly over the rivers at 3:30pm. Beaver County Radio will present live coverage from 3-4pm from Laughlin Insurance Agency, with live patriotic music and interviews that will be streamed on Beaver County Radio’s Facebook page.

The display and broadcast is in conjunction with the efforts of PUSH Beaver County.

Redevelopment Secretary Tim Wetzel joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to discuss how this all came about, the planning of these festivities amidst the pandemic, and the historic nature of the planes that will be flown over the rivers Saturday afternoon. Wetzel also spoke about the second show, an impromptu fireworks display from PUSH and Zambelli Fireworks, that will be shown in place of the originally scheduled 10th Anniversary Beaver County Boom on July 4.

To check out the full interview, click on the Facebook feed below!

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