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Armstrong In The Loop Podcast covers interesting people, places and events in Western, PA. Join host, Seth Prentice, as he interviews people to share their message with the community!
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The 36th Annual Mars Applefest returns to downtown Mars, PA on October 2nd. Brian Fleeson, Chair of the Mars Applefest Committee, joined us to talk about this wonderful event. The Rich-Mar Rotary Satellite Club has been working diligently to make this the best Applefest yet!Brian starts off the show talking about the Rich-Mar Rotary Satellite Club and providing information if people would like to join. He talks about some of the projects they've worked on and what they would like to do to help those in need.Brian gives all the details about Mars Applefest including 150+ vendors, food, entertainment and they're collecting Warm Socks for Mission for Mars at the Rotary tent. For more information about Mars Applefest: Event: email Cindy Fleeson,, or Brian Fleeson, if interested in joining!For more information about Rich-Mar Rotary:
September is Hunger Action Month and we thought it would be a great opportunity to speak with one of the Western PA county food banks. Jennifer Miller, CEO of Westmoreland County Food Bank, joins us this week to talk about WCFB, Hunger Action Month and all the critical information that the public might not be aware of with their local food banks. Jennifer shares her experience of how quickly she and her team had to pivot during the start of the pandemic to ensure people had resources. We talk about where things currently stand for local food banks and what resources are vital to those in need. Jennifer also talks about the need for volunteers as almost every food bank has a large number of senior citizen volunteers. Many might not be able to help right now because of the pandemic and you'll hear why volunteers are so critical to the success of any food bank.We also talk about why Hunger Action Month falls in the month of September. The holidays are approaching and this is when people experience higher bills, utilities, etc.  Fall and winter months are hard on people and Hunger Action Month helps to provide awareness, raise money, and food collections for our area food banks.For more information on Westmoreland County Food Bank: more information on Hunger Action Month or to find a local food bank in your community:
We're honored to be joined again by Shanea Clancy, Suicide Prevention Coordinator of the Butler VA Healthcare System. Shanea wanted us to highlight the month of September being the National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.We deep dive into heavy topics including the "Golden Hour", Risk and Protective Factors, Myths and Realities, and the most important question you can ask someone who might be considering suicide.For More Information:Butler VA Website- Prevention Hotline:1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 for VeteransContact Shanea Clancy878-271-6552 
Mars Exploration Celebration for 2021 is finally here. Join us as we speak with Missy Gralish, Mars New Year Board of Director, and hear all about the exciting two-day event that they have planned in Mars, PA! This will be the fourth Mars Exploration Celebration that the committee has organized and it will be the largest event yet! They are practicing all guidelines to keep everyone safe and are using a hybrid model if you'd like to stream from their YouTube or Facebook page. (Links below)NASA will be partnering with Mars New Year but in a  virtual capacity due to the rise in COVID cases. They have not pulled out! They have a full list of speakers and presentations that will be happening on Friday and Saturday.There is something for everyone during the two days. There will be STEM/STEAM education areas, Kidzone, live music, food, beverages and much more! We hope you come out on August 27th from 5pm-10pm and Saturday August 28th from 12pm-10pm. Each night will end with a wonderful Firefly Drone Show that you won't want to miss!For more information on Mars New Year:-Mars New Year Website: New Year Facebook Page: Robotics Association YouTube Channel for Live Stream: Robotics Association Facebook Page:
Siggy Pehel, President of the Glade Run Lake Conservancy, and Karlee Holmes, GRLC Board Member and Event Coordinator of the 10th Anniversary join the show to talk about the 10th Anniversary of Glade Run Lake Conservancy.We last spoke with Siggy in 2020 to learn about GLRC, their first ever Food Truck Event and how people can get involved. Siggy expands and talks about the first 10 years & where the next 10 years of GLRC are heading. Learn about the projects that the group are working on next and how you can play a part in making these projects a possibility!Karlee talks to us about their 10th Anniversary Event on Sunday, August 29th. The Glade Run Lake Conservancy (GRLC) is excited to be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in August 2021 and you're invited to come celebrate with us! This will be a day of community fellowship as we commemorate the formation of the GRLC in 2011. Activities will include an adult fishing derby (ages 12+), food trucks, Rodfathers Car Club car cruise, raffles, and more! Registration is not required.For more information: and Siggy talk about their amazing website for a large part of the remainder of the show: Everything you need to know is on their website including how to become a member (FREE), how to volunteer, how to donate or read their incredible blog posts. Two, in particular, we spend time talking about: Bread is Bad for Wildlife and Conservation. Please take time to read these blog posts.We hope to see all of you at the 10th Anniversary Celebration on August 29th!
This week's episode features Kelly Carney,  owner of Eva Bryn Shoetique in Zelienople, as she's the New Member Director for the Zelienople Area Business Association. Kelly starts off the episode by describing what ZABA does and the importance of the organization for the Zelie business community. Kelly owns Eva Bryn Shoetique and talks about how important ZABA was to her business when she joined 3 years ago along with becoming a board member.ZABA will be hosting a massive ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 12th at 5 PM during the Open Air Market. 13 new or expanded businesses opened during the Pandemic and this will be a way to highlight & welcome these great owners to the town. The ribbon-cutting will start in the Spring Street Parking Lot and festivities will spread up & down the main street for the entire Open Air Market. We finish the episode with learning about Eva Bryn Shoetique and the fantastic business that Kelly has started in Zelienople. For more information about Eva Bryn Shoetique: more information about Zelienople Area Business Association:
The Asservo Project

The Asservo Project


This week's episode features Joe Sweeney, CEO & Founder of The Asservo Project. The Asservo Project are dedicated to protecting vulnerable and at-risk individuals from human trafficking and child exploitation.  They work not only to expose predatory networks, but to intervene in coordination with law enforcement to rescue victims and bring meaningful, tangible aid to those whose lives have been impacted by these criminal activities. Along the way, they work to educate the general public about the scale and impact of human trafficking, highlighting the ways that we as individuals and communities can stand in defense of human dignity.Joe and his group of volunteers are doing everything in their power to get their word out to the public. They're also looking to raise money to continue to grow the efforts of what they're able to do. This is a non-profit with over 30 volunteers that are helping because of their passion to help protect our own! For more information on The Asservo Project: you have a tip that could help save or prevent human trafficking: 877-SAVE-994If you'd like to speak with Joe or a member of his team about The Asservo Project or bringing them to speak in your community:
This week we're honored to be joined by Aaron Borchert, Director of Marketing and Communications for InVision Human Services. Aaron takes time at the start of the episode to describe what InVision Human Services is and inform everyone that they have multiple locations in the state of Pennsylvania with the Wexford site being in our backyard!We discuss the core services and what makes InVision different from other human services organizations. Hear all about how the public can help support the core services and enable InVision to continue offering specialty services that very few in our area can offer. The last part of the show, Aaron talks in-depth about what we should understand about people with intellectual disabilities. For more information about InVision Human Services: thanks to Aaron for joining us! 
This week's episode features the newest employee of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce & CDC as Caitlin Blum is the Marketing and Communications Specialist.We thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about Caitlin's new position and the role she'll play in the community going forward.Caitlin is about ready to launch a Podcast for the Butler Chamber and we're excited for when it premieres. Hear all about the show concept, style and who her co-host will be!We get into the upcoming Chamber events:-Christmas in July on July 23rd and 24th-Lobster Fest on July 30th-BCYP Monthly Mixer at Hearth and Home-Ghouls for Good Fundraiser event on August 5thFor More Information: finish the show with a fun discussion over the National Days such as National French Fry Day, National Ice Cream Day and National Junk Food Day.
This week's episode features the return of one of our fantastic non-profits in Butler County, Community Care Connections. Keara Trepanier and Nathan Slupe join the show to talk about what their organization does and their upcoming fundraising event!CCC will be hosting their first-ever Ruckus For All: Include, Empower, Connect! Fundraising event on August 22nd from 12pm-6pm at the 11th Frame Bar & Grille in Butler. There will be food trucks, live music, DJ, kids activities, 50/50 raffle, basket auction and a dunk tank. Hear all about the local celebrities that are volunteering to be dunked in the dunk tank!There will also be a Cornhole Tournament starting at 3pm. It is $50 per team, 20 minute double-elimination games. First place receives $250 and Second place receives $100.To register please call 724-283-3198 or email: or npanichelle@communitycareconnect.orgFor more information on Ruckus For All:Please call: 724-283-3198Website:
Cranberry Township Community Chest is getting ready to host CTCC Community Days on July 8th-10th at Cranberry Community Park. This event promises to be a celebration of the community that has come together during this pandemic. That, after all, is the spirit of CTCC: helping make the community better each day. Free Admission for everyone. -CTCC Community Days will be open Thursday: 4-10pm, Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm -Schedule of Events: July 8th- 12th annual Crusin Cranberry Cranberry Car Show from 4pm-9pm-Live concerts all weekend at the brand new Rotary Amphitheatre -Community Chase 5K on Saturday July 10th at 7:30am-Lion’s Pancake Breakfast on Saturday July 10th from 8am-11am-Rotary Bingo on July 10th from 5pm-9pmThere will be plenty of vendors, a kid zone, carnival, food and much more! -Full schedule of events can be found on the CTCC website: second half of our show features Nick Bartley, host of Hunting Nostalgia. Nick recently debuted Season 3 of Hunting Nostalgia on Armstrong Neighborhood Channel. Hear all about the big news with Hunting Nostalgia and the fantastic additions Nick & the Hunting Nostalgia team have made!Nick also made a surprise announcement as he will be doing a Meet & Greet at CTCC Community Days on Saturday, July 10th from 6pm-8pm at the Armstrong booths (11 & 13). Come meet Nick and be entered to win a prize basket valued over $200. For more information on Hunting Nostalgia:Facebook:
Summer is finally here and one of the best events in Western Pennsylvania will be here before we know it! The 2021 Moraine State Park Regatta will be held August 6th-8th at the Moraine State Park South Shore. Amanda Becker, owner of Appleseed Events LLC and Event Director, joins the show to share all of the fun and exciting events planned for the entire weekend.The Moraine State Park Regatta aims to showcase eco-recreational activities for all ages and promote Moraine State Park. Featuring water and land recreational opportunities for all ages, nature-themed experiences and vendors from the local community, the event has something for everyone.There will be lessons and outings available for attendees throughout the weekend will include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailboat rides, guided hikes, yoga, tai chi, and more. A full schedule of available events is linked below and free sign-ups are now available. All attendees must register for activities online and sign a general waiver to participate.Join the Regatta and release a Monarch butterfly in honor of a special someone, in memory of a loved one, or just for fun! Monarch butterflies are now available for pre-purchase (see below).Claim your pre-purchased butterfly at the table that corresponds with the first letter of the purchaser’s last name between 2:30-3:30 PM on Sunday, August 8th. This release fills the sky with the color and movement of one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, the Western Pennsylvania Monarch. After 4:00 PM, individuals who pre-purchased Monarchs are welcome to release their butterflies in private, or alongside the mass release. Names (in honor of/in memory of) that were included at the time of purchase will be listed on the Regatta website. At 4:00 PM, we will present a mass release of nearly 500 butterflies.For more information about the Moraine State Park Regatta and all of the events scheduled:
This week's episode features a guest that we're honored to have as suicide prevention needs to be discussed and talked about in our local communities. Shanea Clancy, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Butler Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, joins the show to talk about all of the new programs the Butler VA is offering to help prevent suicide. We start the show by discussing the treatment programs the Butler VA has expanded to provide Veterans. One of those programs, Suicide Prevention, is our main topic for the episode. Shanea goes in-depth to talk about suicide prevention, common myths & misinformation, and risk factors.Shanea talks about the S.A.V.E. model which is an acronym for:Signs of Suicidal thinkingAsk questionsValidate the person's experienceEncourage treatment and Expedite getting helpWe end the show with a few additional comments from Shanea along with a success story she had with a fellow Veteran that you won't want to miss.For more information about S.A.V.E training:Contact Shanea Clancy878-271-6552 Veteran's Crisis Line as talked about in the episode:1-800-273-8255 Press 1 or text 838255 for a text session For More Information on the Caregiver Support Summit on August 4th:Caregiver Support Summit (Inclusive Care: Empowering & Engaging Caregivers as Partners in Care) Wednesday, August 4, 2021 830am – 12:00pm                -Purpose of Summit: To bring together key stakeholders in the community with the goal of addressing the support needs of caregivers and families of Veterans residing in the local area. -Location: VA Butler HCC: Auditorium or virtually via WebEx-CEU’s available for Providers, Nursing, and Social Work -Registration Contact: Candice McManis @ 878-271-6540 or 
This week's episode takes us back to Ellwood City where we did an episode in the early stages of the Podcast with the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce. We thought it would be a great idea to speak with the new Executive Director, Dale Thomson and have him introduce himself to those that may not be aware of who he is. We spend the first half of the show learning about Dale's background, visions he has for the Chamber moving forward and the entire event calendar for the rest of 2021.For the 2nd half of the show, Ellwood City Area Chamber Board of Director Member, Shawn C. Leopardi, joins us to talk about the new marketing initiatives that he's helping to implement to make a chamber membership more valuable to businesses in the area. Shawn is a marketing mastermind and owner of CORE 3 Group which specializes in marketing, branding & business strategies. Shawn and Dale are working together to take the chamber to new heights and provide additional services that small businesses could benefit from having thanks to their annual membership. Upcoming Events for the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce:June 21st- Golf Outing  *Still accepting golfers*September 13th- Chef. Wine & Ale EventSeptember 25th- Fall Fest & Car CruiseNovember-December- Ugly Sweater 5K *Hybrid event with In-Person 5K on December 4th*December 3rd- Christmas Reindeer Route & Light Up NightDecember 6th- Annual DinnerFor more information on all Ellwood City Area Chamber Events or to become a member, please visit their website: speak with Executive Director, Dale 724-758-5501
Memorial Day is upon us and we'd like to honor and remember those we lost in battle. We thought it would be a great time to talk with the Zelienople Historical Society as they're getting ready to host their first ever Patriotic Porch Tour on July 1st. Vanessa Fatur, Zelienople Historical Society, joins us and gives all the information so you can attend or participate. Kickoff Picnic will be on July 1st from 4pm-8pm at the Passavant House. Everyone in town is encouraged to decorate your house, yard, storefront (business owners) with a patriotic theme. There will be a contest for the top 3 most Patriotic Themed houses and storefronts. Registration is open until June 18th. Please register with the Zelienople Historical Society at or call 724-452-9457.Help Zelienople win "Most Patriotically Decorated Small Town in the USA" from the Guinness Book of World Records! For more information on the Patriotic Porch Tour or the Zelienople Historical Society:
We have a very special episode for all of you as Mike Boehning and Dawn Smoot from the American Legion Riders Zelienople Post 474, join the show. Our episode starts off with a general description of what the American Legion does and it's importance in our communities. Mike and Dawn share stories of all the things that the Legion does from assisting Veterans & their families, placing flags at grave cites in Zelie/Ellwood City, to providing a place where active and retired Veterans can come socialize. There are a lot of amazing things that the Zelienople Post 474 does that will always go unrecognized as they do it to help their fellow brothers & sisters, not for recognition! Mike and Dawn talk about the American Legion Riders and their upcoming fundraiser event. Mike shares his experience from participating in Rolling to Remember in Washington DC. The story alone is worth the listen! People are able to still participate if interested, just need to book a hotel room for the weekend.The main purpose of the episode is the Zelienople American Legion Riders are hosting their 7th Annual Benefit Run on Saturday, July 10th. This motorcycle ride will start at the Zelienople American Legion and end at the Unionville American Legion in Rochester, PA. The total ride is over 100 miles but it ends with a wonderful Picnic! All proceeds from this run will benefit Homes For Our Troops who build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans. The Legion Riders were able to raise over $10,000 for Homes For Our Troops in 2019 and we hope they surpass this number again in 2021!If you would like to help and donate a basket for the 7th Annual Benefit Run American Raffle:Please email dawnsmoot1963@gmail.comMonetary Donations can be sent to:American Legion Riders Post 474ATTN: Benefit Run308 W. New Castle StZelienople PA 16063Information for the 7th Annual Benefit Run:-Saturday, July 10th-Ride Start: Zelienople American Legion308 W. New Castle Street, Zelienople PA 16063-Registration: 11am -First Bike Out: 12pm-Picnic: 4:30pm Unionville American Legion1341 Route 68, Rochester PA 15074-Costs:Rider $20  Passenger $10Picnic Only $15*50/50 Raffle, Auction Baskets and much more will be held at the picnicFor more information about the Benefit Run:Please contact Greg Bigger724-312-7430biggs383@yahoo.comFor more information about Homes For Our Troops: want to thank Mike, Dawn, the American Legion Post 474 and all of our Veterans for their service.
This week's podcast features the Seneca Valley All School Musical as they're getting ready for their production of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". Sarah McKinley, Viola, and Stephen Santa, Director, are our guests to talk about this hilarious adaptation that will be performed June 3rd-6th.This year's production will be at a brand new venue, the recently renovated Cranberry Township Amphitheater located inside of Cranberry Township Community Park. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy this 90 minute show!  For those not able or wanting to attend in person, there are streaming tickets available! Show Dates and Times:-June 3rd  7:00 PM-June 4th  7:00 PM-June 5th  2:00 PM & 7:00 PM-June 6th  2:00 PM*Tickets will not be sold at the door, everything will be sold online*To purchase tickets for any of the shows or the streaming ticket: more information about the Seneca Valley All School Musical: Seneca Valley All-School MusicalTwitter: Seneca Valley MusicalBest of luck to the entire cast and crew! 
Lernerville Speedway

Lernerville Speedway


This week's episode features a hidden gem that has been in Western PA for many years and has provided entertainment for people of all ages! Eric Westendorf, Track Announcer at Lernerville Speedway and Host of the Action Track Podcast, joins the show to talk all about Lernerville Speedway.We start off the show talking about Lernerville Speedway and it's location in Sarver. The 0.5 mile track and grandstand can hold up to 10-12,000 fans on any given night. The track has hosted numerous professional drivers including NASCAR's own Tony Stewart. The calendar of races is jam packed for 2021 as there are races almost every Friday night from May-October. Eric lists off some of the bigger named races that the public should come out for as well as some of the races that have history at the track. Speaking of history, on Friday, May 14th, Lernerville Speedway will host it's 1,000th Sprint Car Race. Hear all about why this is a huge celebration and milestone. We finish off the podcast talking about the Action Track Podcast and Lernerville TV. Eric and members of the Lernerville Speedway staff are doing amazing things on multiple platforms to offer fans content if they can't make it to the track or additional content to supplement the weekly races. For more information about Lernerville Speedway: out the Action Track Podcast on Soundcloud: current and past races on
SurfSUP Adventures

SurfSUP Adventures


Ian Smith, Owner and Head Guide of SurfSUP Adventures, joins the show to talk about his awesome company and his non-profit First Waves.SurfSUP Adventures is your premier guide and outfitter for Standup Paddle Boarding in Pittsburgh.  Our mission is to share our passion for standup paddleboarding and inspire care for our waterways and environment.  Our variety of trip options include serene eco-tours, invigorating “on-water” yoga practices, and adrenaline infused whitewater surfing adventures.  SurfSUP also provides instructor certifications sanctioned by the Professional Standup Paddle Association (PSUPA). In addition, we sell and rent boards, paddles and equipment.  Finally, we offer team-building events, youth initiatives and conservation oriented programs that are customized for all age and skill levels.Ian shares with us  the different programs SurfSUP Adventures has to offer. SurfSUP offers: -Paddleboarding -Group/Corporate Events-Glow SUP-White Water SUP and River Surfing Adventures-SUP Yoga-Instructor Training/CertificationsWe spend the last half of the show talking about Ian's amazing non-profit, First Waves. First Waves uses standup paddle boarding (SUP), the art of filmmaking, and digital media as a catalyst to inspire conservation of local waterways and mentorship for at-risk youth. Visit the First Waves website to check out the amazing videos that have been put together to highlight how they're making a difference for children in our communities: more information or to book an adventure: more information on First Waves:
This week's episode features a student run business from Seneca Valley High School called the "Raider Crate". We're joined by two of the students who are apart of this unique company, Luke Simpson & Zach Garcia.Learn all about what the Raider crate is, how they came up with the idea, how many crates they've made so far and the highs & lows that came with starting a business during the pandemic.Each crate is $15.00 and the students are currently working on a box with another Seneca Valley organization called SHOUT. The following has been taken from the Raider Crate website ( :We at Raider Crate have teamed up with SHOUT for the month of April to shed light on the committee's dedication to educating and advocating for diverse and minority groups. SHOUT devotes their time towards creating educational content about diversity on their TikTok and Instagram platforms, working to incorporate diversity related topics into SV's curriculum and pioneering events highlighting diversity around the school. Our SHOUT chapter hopes to inspire young minds to spread kindness and SHOUT for diversity, inclusion, social justice, love, and equality!The group is also working on a Graduation crate that creates a unique experience for all 597 seniors. This crate is $20.00 per box and is open to the community to purchase/sponsor a box for a student. The public can send personalized messages for the student to read when they get their box at graduation. There are over 200 Graduation Crates already purchased and the students at Raider Crate are working hard to get businesses to help sponsor boxes or put items in each box. If you'd like to help by sponsoring a box or your company would like to put an item in the box for all 597 students, log on to: would like to thank Luke and Zach for appearing on the show and wish the best of luck to all of the students at Raider Crate! 
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