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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'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! 
Nick Bartley, host and creator of Hunting Nostalgia, joins the show to share his passion for hunting & finding old toys. Nick created his own YouTube series, Hunting Nostalgia, during the summer of 2020. Hear about how the show came to be, the meaning behind "Hunting Nostalgia", and plans for future episodes.The best part of Nick's interview is hearing about his passion & love for his own collection. Nick shares his history of his collection, what he searches for and how he'll never sell/buy online. Quite a collector and his knowledge is very impressive!To watch Hunting Nostalgia: Hunting Nostalgia on Instagram:
Heidi Bowser, Director of Membership and Healthy Living for the Butler County Family YMCA, joins the show to talk about how to make & keep healthy changes in 2021.We start off the episode by learning about everything the Butler YMCA has to offer our community. Most consider the Y as a place to workout but it is SO MUCH MORE! Learn about some of the additional programs the Butler YMCA has put into place during COVID-19 to be an additional resource for those in need!For the rest of the show, Heidi talks about how to make healthy choices and sticking to your New Year Resolution. Going to a fitness center can be intimidating and Heidi has some great tips to ease the mind. We talk about how important nutrition is and is just as important as working out.Heidi finishes by talking about all the proper protocols the Butler YMCA has made to keep people safe and encourage others to join. There are virtual classes for those wishing to workout from the safety of their own home and the classes are taught by instructors from the Butler YMCA!To learn more about the Butler County Family YMCA please check out their website:
Jordan Grady, Executive Director of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, is our first guest of 2021. Jordan recaps 2020, talks about the start/stop caused by the pandemic, having to make tough decisions to keep business as usual and efforts the county is making to help our businesses during this trying time.Jordan was able to deliver CARES Grant checks to businesses before the holidays and you can hear all about what this money meant to these people that have been hanging on by a thread. We discuss the 2021 calendar year and what the Butler County Chamber has planned. Many events, some virtual if needed, but return to the normal activity is what Jordan is thinking. Hear all about the schedule of events or visit the chamber website for the full schedule: finish by talking about additional money being made available for small businesses. If you own a business or know someone who does and is in need of assistance, please reach out to Jordan Grady- or by phone 724-283-2222.
Kathy Corcoran, President of the Zelienople Rotary Club, joins the show to talk about their annual Shamrock Shuffle fundraising event and how her year as President has been.Kathy shares her unique experience as going from President-Elect to President of the Rotary Club during the pandemic and the roller coaster of a ride trying to navigate the new normal. The Zelienople Rotary Club has found ways to still host meetings (hybrid & Zoom) and host traditional events with a twist (July 4th Parade was a porch parade in 2020). Beth Marshall, District Governor 7280, has the distinct honor of representing the Zelienople Rotary Club as she's not only a Rotarian of the club but also District Governor for 2020-2021. There will be a District Conference in May and the Zelienople Club is hard at work scheduling digital events for the weekend. Stay tuned to the Zelienople Rotary Club website for a full schedule of events!We spend the last half of the show talking about the 12th Annual Shamrock Shuffle. Joella Baker, GetFitFamilies, and the Zelienople Club partner to put on this wonderful Half Marathon, 5K and 1 mile fun run in Harmony each year. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 27th with packet pick up starting at 6:30am. The Half Marathon will start at 7:30 AM, 5K will start at 10:00 AM and the 1 mile fun run will start at 10:45 AM. This will allow for social distancing and all CDC Guidelines to be met. ShuBrew and Harmony Inn are still getting in the spirit as they'll have adult beverages for the runners at the finish line! For more information:Zelienople Rotary Club Website- Rotary Club Facebook Page- Shuffle Information and Registration- Shuffle Facebook Page-
Paul Gaudino joins us for a 2nd episode to give us an update on how he's doing, talk about his new Facebook Live & YouTube workout show, and to give some advice for those struggling in this difficult year.To watch Paul's workouts 3 times a week: feel free to reach out and say hello to Paul as well! He misses everyone and wants to wish everyone in Butler County a safe and happy holiday! 
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