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VIDEO: New Brighton Rotary To Hold 75th Anniversary Celebration On May 14

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

The pavilion at Big Rock Park, the eradication of polio, the clock on main street, assisting with everything from soup kitchens to art galleries…the New Brighton Rotary Club has been part of building and supporting the borough of New Brighton for the last 75 years, and on May 14 they’ll be celebrating.

Matt Drzik spoke with John Proano and Arthur Thompson from the New Brighton Rotary Club on the May 5 edition of A.M. Beaver County about the upcoming 75th Anniversary Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 14 at the Beaver Valley Golf Club in Patterson Township. The event is open to the public and begins at 5:30; dinner takes place at 6:30. More details can be found on the Rotary Club’s Facebook page.

“I think it’s a sense of pride,” Proano said, “the fact that we’ve been able to help the community of New Brighton for 75 years.” Thompson has been with the Rotary Club for 57 of those 75 years, and says that the biggest shift in participation over time with the Rotary Club is because of time: “When I came there, we had the superintendent of schools, a doctor, a dentist, people from Duquesne Light, people from Bell Telephone, a couple of lawyers, an architect…you don’t get this breed of people anymore. People just don’t have the time.” Both Thompson and Proano are hoping, though, that the NB Rotary Club will have at least another 75 years of operation to match the first 75.

To watch the full interview with Matt, Art, and John, click on the Facebook feed below!

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VIDEO: Beaver County Behavioral Health Services Providing Magisterial Diversion Program

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

Kate Lowery is the Single County Authority Administrator for Beaver County Behavioral Health, and she joined Matt Drzik on the May 4 edition of A.M. Beaver County to discuss the work that BCBH does for those struggling with drug and substance abuse.

“In each of the 67 counties across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there’s a single county authority program which is the recipient of federal and state block grant funding,” Lowery said. “We’re tasked with the responsibility of setting up a full continuum of care for persons with substance abuse disorders.” Lowery said that her job is to connect many different outlets and services to help those with those disorders, which consists of 600 citizens per year in Beaver County.

One of the newer initiatives with BCBH is the Magisterial Diversion Program, initially started in Beaver Falls. The initiative allows those with minor or first-time drug offenses–those who BCBH deem to be dealing with a substance abuse issue–to enter a “very rigorous” rehabilitation program to help combat the issue. “If they’re demonstrating that they’re substance-free, and they’re moving toward the goals of their treatment program at the finale of 150 days,” Lowery added, “the magistrate would waive those charges and the person would graduate from the program.”

“I think the community of Beaver Falls has a lot to be very proud of,” Lowery exclaimed in regards to the Diversion Program, which she mentioned has similar models in Aliquippa, Hopewell Township, and New Sewickley Township.

For more information, you can contact the BCBH administrative hotline at 724-847-6225 or call 724-847-6620 for direct behavioral health evaluations. They can also be found at the Behavioral Health or System of Care websites.

To watch the full interview with Kate Lowery, click on the Facebook feed below!

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“Connectivity Roadmap” Creates Multi-County Broadband Guide In Southwestern Pennsylvania

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

The push to connect Pennsylvanians to one another has taken a grand step forward.

The Southwest Pennsylvania Commission–in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, Allies for Children, and other organizations–has created a Connectivity Roadmap to showcase the current state and future goals when it comes to broadband connectivity across ten counties in southwestern Pennsylvania (including Beaver). Andy Waple, the SPC’s Deputy Executive Director for Programs, and consultant Jeremy Jurick spoke with Matt Drzik on the May 3 edition of A.M. Beaver County to discuss this new intiative.

To hear the full interview, click on the player below!

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VIDEO: Ambridge Mayor McCoy Touts New Surveillance System In Borough

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

“When we talk about cameras, they have pros and cons…but there’s quite a few things that they help.”

The cameras are the newly installed security cameras located in the Borough of Ambridge, set up to locate major criminals through license plate detection or general surveillance. Ambridge mayor Gerald “Duke” McCoy joined Matt Drzik on the May 2 edition of A.M. Beaver County to talk about the new system, along with several other updates regarding the businesses and future plans for Ambridge.

To see the full interview with Mayor McCoy, click on the Facebook feed below!

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VIDEO: Charles Jones Talks Home Rule Charter & Summer Events In Beaver Falls

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

The future for Beaver Falls is pushing forward.

Beaver Falls city manager Charles “Mick” Jones joined Matt Drzik on the April 28 edition of A.M. Beaver County to discuss the latest developments in the 15010 zip code. The city adopted a home rule charter government in January, and Jones says that the transition has been moving smoothly so far: “Surprisingly it’s gone very well. I had the uniqueness of not just having a unique style of government change, but a whole government change within the same period of time. But everything’s been working great.”

Jones also pointed out that the city is gearing up for several events throughout the warm-weather months of 2022. The Beaver Falls Car Cruise is returning on June 11 and has been in planning for several months, and Jones showed his support for the city staff who help put it all together. He also is hoping that there will be community events at the new Library Park when construction and development are finally completed later in 2022. “Even if it’s starting to have flurries,” Jones stated, “we’re going to do something here,” hinting at the possibility of hosting Christmas events in Library Park.

To watch the full interview with Charles Jones, click on the Facebook feed below!

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Bob Barrickman Makes His Pick For Who The Steelers Should Take In Round 1 Of The 2022 NFL Draft

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

“If I had a dollar for every mock draft I’ve seen…unfortunately, I don’t.”

Those words came from Beaver County Radio sports director Bob Barrickman, who joined Matt Drzik on the April 28 edition of A.M. Beaver County to talk about the 2022 NFL Draft. The hometown Pittsburgh Steelers select their first pick tonight at 20th overall, and much speculation has been presented on whether the Steelers will focus on finding a quarterback to compete for the starting job or if outgoing GM Kevin Colbert will shift his priorities elsewhere on the roster.

“I’m not real high on drafting a quarterback,” Barrickman said. “Malik Willis might be the sexier pick; seems like he has a lot of Lamar Jackson in him and has a rifle of an arm.” But Barrickman noted that he feels that Willis’ numbers might be the result of playing at a smaller school like Liberty, while another top quarterback–Pitt’s Kenny Pickett–played well against ACC competition. “Obviously with the tragic death of Dwayne Haskins, there will be a need to draft a quarterback,” he added, “I just don’t think there’s a need to draft one that early.”

Rather than focus on a QB, Barrickman feels that the Steelers should focus on the defensive side of the ball: “I think the player that they would really like to get would the nose tackle from Georgia, Jordan Davis. But I have a feeling that he won’t be on the board.” Barrickman acknowledged that the Steelers might have a shot if they move up, but thinks that he may drop to the Baltimore Ravens at 14th overall: “Jordan Davis would be a Raven-type of player. If he would slip by the Ravens, I could see the Steelers grabbing Jordan Davis in the first round.”

To hear the full analysis from Bob Barrickman, click on the player below!

Tri-State Neuropathy Centers Looking To Help Patients Get A Chance To Enjoy Warm Weather Activity

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)
(Photo by Mark Peterson)

The warmer weather might lead to more outdoor activity, but those who deal with peripheral neuropathy might find such activity nightmarish and painful.

Dr. Shawn Richey & Dr. Jared Yevins of Tri-State Neuropathy centers (including one in Beaver) joined Matt Drzik on the April 27 edition of A.M. Beaver County about the need for those who are either aware of neuropathy or concerned about it to make plans to visit their offices to see if they qualify. The duo spoke about how those who get treated for neuropathy may experience pain relief from 50% all the way to 100%, and that their plan is drug-free and FDA-approved. Tri-State Neuropathy has treated over 9,000 patients in the tri-state area, and their approval rating is 90%.

To hear the full interview with Drs. Richey & Yevins, click on the player below!

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VIDEO: Neighborhood North Pursues Grant & Announces Summer Program

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)

The community has pushed forth to support the “North”.

Located in Beaver Falls, Neighborhood North: Museum Of Play is a center for creative learning for kids and teenagers alike, operating as an entity since 2018 but opening its doors to a brick-and-mortar facility in late 2021. Christine Kroger, the executive director for Neighborhood North, joined Matt Drzik on the April 26 edition of A.M. Beaver County and said that the response from the community has provided “overwhelming” feedback from the citizens and local leaders from Beaver Falls and the rest of the county.

Christine Kroger

The facility is currently located at 716 14th Street in Beaver Falls, but Kroger plans to move the facility to a permanent home located in the old News Tribune building next to the Carnegie Free Library on 13th Street. A boost towards that may be coming in the form of grant money that was recently applied for and submitted to Congressman Conor Lamb. Kroger stated that, within the 10 days allotted for completing the grant application, 2,000 signatures were collected in support of Neighborhood North to pursue it. The next move lies in the hands of the government, but Kroger noted that the plan to move to 13th Street is within the frame of completion by 2025.

Until then, the focus remains on the activities and learning taking place at Neighborhood North, and Kroger spoke extensively about the upcoming summer programs and possible expansion of summer hours. There will be nine “camps” covering different subjects for each of the nine weeks and cover subjects from podcasting to music and “everything in between”, as Kroger stated. Neighborhood North is also continuing their after-school programs that are available to kids throughout the county. To contact them, you can go to their website of neighborhoodnorth.com or find them on Facebook.

And speaking of Facebook, click on the Live feed below to check out the full interview with Christine Kroger.

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Tuesday’s AMBC: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (North)

Christine Kroger, the Executive Director of Neighborhood North: Museum Of Play in Beaver Falls, joins Matt Drzik to talk about the latest plans and updates following the 8:30 news on A.M. Beaver County.

Frank Sparks gets the morning started with news at 6:30 on Beaver County Radio.

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Monday’s AMBC: Marconi (Mon)Day!

(Photo courtesy Bobbie Tkacik)

On the Monday edition of A.M. Beaver County, Beaver County Radio will be celebrating Marconi Day in honor of the man who discovered radio. Jim Merkel will be joining Matt Drzik following the 8:30 news to talk about the modern history of voice recording and distribution.

The celebration begins at 6:30 with Frank Sparks on news on Beaver County Radio.

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