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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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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! 
Our 2nd part of the Cranberry Township series is here as Dan Santoro, new Cranberry Township Manager, joins the show to talk about his recent appointment to replace Jerry Andree as the new Cranberry Township Manager.Dan starts off the episode informing listeners about what his position is and what role he plays in the township's day to day activities. We discuss the current construction projects in Cranberry Township and how progress is going on each of them. Dan does share what future projects are ahead in the coming years.We discuss some of the hot topic items that have been of concern to Cranberry Township residents- Pin Hole Leaks in copper piping and Missing Middle Class Housing. Both topics have been deeply discussed on social media platforms and in monthly meetings. Dan gives great answers and updates to both topics!We end the show talking about 2021 and things to look forward to in the township. Dan and the rest of the township is excited for a return of normal events, in a safe manner, and getting back to business as usual. Special thanks to Dan Santoro for this interview!**If you would like to see the Cranberry Township Traffic System in action, please check out our Faces & Places Episode on YouTube:
We are thrilled to have Jerry Andree, recently retired Cranberry Township Manager, on the show to talk about his memories of being Township Manager and how he's enjoying his retired life!Jerry served as Cranberry Township Manager for 30+ years and was able to retire at the start of 2021. The township honored him at their Supervisor meeting with a road named after him, a plaque & bench to be placed in a park of his choice and the creation of the Jerry Andree Endowment Fund. All three of these were a surprise to Jerry and he shares his thoughts about each during the episode. If interested in supporting the Jerry Andree Endowment fund please go to the Cranberry Township Community Chest website: gave us a deep insight into his career as Cranberry Township Manager and how the community is in great hands under Dan Santoro, township staff and the Cranberry Township Supervisors. We hope you enjoy this fun conversation of past and present! Best wishes to Jerry on his retirement! 
Greg Rhoton & Rick Guerra, Co-Hosts of Armstrong Street Scene Power Hour Podcast, join the show to talk about their brand new podcast. Greg & Rick have been working together on the Armstrong Neighborhood Channel Show "Street Scene" for over 12 years. Learn about the history of the television show and how it launched the podcast spinoff.Greg & Rick have also created a Street Scene Custom Car and Bike Show that is held each year in the Boardman, OH area. This year's show will be held on July 25th, 2021 at Austintown Park. Bring out your car, bike or just come enjoy a great show and support the American Heart Association. For more information on Street Scene:Facebook Page: watch current and past episodes on YouTube:*Search "Street Scene"*To listen to Street Scene Power Hour:
This week's episode features Holly Newman, Event & Outreach Coordinator, of Adoption Connection, PA. Holly has worked in social services for many years and has fostered children as well. Her passion and knowledge really helped set the stage to talk about Adoption Connection.Holly gives a very thorough description of what Adoption Connection is and the services they provide: Domestic Adoption, Birth Mother Program, Foster Care, Statewide Adoption Network Services, Custody Visitation, Family Searches and The Community Family Closet.We spend time talking about their news of a 2nd office opening in Duquesne. ACPA services a lot of families in Allegheny County and this will truly help them to provide additional services! Our last part of the episode talks about two upcoming fundraisers that ACPA is hosting. The first is an online auction from April 8th-11th. Their 2nd event is the 4th Annual Tee Off For Kids Golf Outing on May 21st. For more information about Adoption Connection, PA:Website: Information:Address: 700 Turnpike Street Beaver, PA 15009Phone: (724) 371-0671Email:
Jeff Geibel and Jordan Grady, Butler AM Rotarians, join the show to talk about their brand new Butler County First Responders Pavilion and Memorial Project. Learn about how the project started, what the project will be once completed and how everyone can get involved.To donate or learn more about the project:Butler AM Rotary Site: AM GoFundMe Page: by check can be made payable to "Butler AM Rotary Charities" with memo line: LODD Memorial.  Their mailing address is:Butler AM RotaryPO Box 2434Butler, PA 16003-2434
PA State Representative, Marci Mustello, joins us again to talk about 2021 and everything going on at the state government level. Marci takes time to reflect back on her first full year as State Rep and talks about the difficulties that 2020 presented all of us. The last half of 2020 truly helped prepare her for 2021 and the light is hopefully at the end of the tunnel! The large part of our discussion revolved around COVID-19, relief for businesses, vaccines and what can or should be done at the state level. We finish up the show talking about the recent Governor Wolf Budget Proposal, Marci's goals for 2021 and the recent vote for a ballot item in the Primary election this May.Marci Mustello’s contact information: Local District Office100 Barracks Rd, Butler, PA 16001
Back to back episodes featuring toy collectors and their YouTube channels! Elvira Taylor, "The Doll Circle" & "Hunting Nostalgia", joins the show this week to talk about her story of collecting, creating content for thousands of people and her amazing segments on Hunting Nostalgia. Elvira started and created "The Doll Circle" in 2014 and has grown the show into a huge hit all over the world. Elvira has been an avid collector of dolls and toys since she was a kid ! Joined by a group of family and friends (who like her, share the passion for toys too), she brings a family-friendly, unique and sometimes goofy approach to everything she does. Her informative videos include in-depth reviews, quirky shopping videos, toy hauls, an occasional random surprise, and more! (Credit- The Doll Circle YouTube Page)We talk about how dolls & action figures have adapted over the years, some of her experiences while hunting toys at local stores and her opinions she shares with her viewers. Elvira has a wonderful presentation in each of her episodes and creates a unique experience for her fans! We have breaking news to share with listeners as Armstrong Neighborhood Channel will be airing all future and past episodes of Hunting Nostalgia starting the week of February 8th. Armstrong customers can watch the debut episode February 9th, 11th and 13th on Channels 10 & 100 at 12:30am, 11:30 am and 8:30pm. Check local listings for additional dates, times and episodes.We finish the episode by talking about the experience of Elvira working with Nick as they've never met each other in person. Their partnership started before the pandemic and were able to make a show that features both of their strengths. We look forward to seeing everything they create!For all episodes of The Doll Circle: The Doll Circle on:Facebook- on Spotify- Search The Doll Circle or use the link- Thanks to Elvira Taylor for joining us! 
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