Erin Ninehouser Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that "the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions." A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their "old gentleman" dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.
  • The Guy With the Hat "I've been doing this for 15 years. I'm from Chippewa, but I travel all over the world..."
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    July 17, 2018
  • So Many People Helped Make This Possible "I've been part of the church my whole life, 64 years. We have about 275 members . This is the 40th year for the festival and it was really special. We had music this year for the first time in a while and people liked that. Tuesday was probably the busiest day; we had a line out the door and around the block. All the money we raise supports the programs of the church. So many people helped make this possible."
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    June 21, 2018
  • My Dad Was a Union Guy and I Grew Up That Way "I still have the warrant for my arrest in 1970 when the postal workers went out on strike. I was president of the local down here. Scared the hell out of me, but I stood on that picket line! I'm 85 years old, and when I was able to stand, I was a union person. My Dad was a union guy and I grew up that way..."
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    April 13, 2018
  • After My Husband Died, I Decided to Volunteer… "I grew up in Beaver and I'll be 80 years old in July, that's how long I've lived here. I've been a volunteer everywhere, here, the Villa. After my husband died, I decided to volunteer. I just... I can't sit home, so I keep active. He died 9 years ago so I've been active ever since. I do love the arts and education; this [the Lincoln Park Performing Arts School] really is a wonderful place -- I wish it was here when my children were growing up because I have a son who's a musician, he's a band -- he can't read music but he can play it, beautiful songs on the guitar. They play in Pittsburgh quite a bit, Paint 31."
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    April 3, 2018
  • You See the Good That is Still Here "You guys [at YourBeaverCounty.com] do great stories, I really enjoy them. Seeing the positive and unique things about Beaver County. You see the good that still is here. People always want to show that it's rundown and depressed. But you know there's a lot of cool things about living in a small town where people know everyone. There's nice ties, people are kind."
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    March 29, 2018
  • Gotta Change with the People “We’ve been here 33 years [Norma’s Salon in Ambridge]. Things have changed — we get a lot of younger people now, so we’ve started staying open longer into the evening. You gotta change with the people.” Erin Ninehouser Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult […]
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    January 11, 2018
  • The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done “When I came here, it was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I worked on the railroad for twenty years, had a catering business, then came in here one day six years ago. Volunteered for two and half years, and I’ve been on staff [at the Center for Hope in Ambridge] ever […]
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    January 9, 2018
  • Can You Imagine 40 People at One Family Dinner? “I used to have Christmas at my house and for over 40 years, we had 40 people. When the boys were at home, they helped me, but once they left it was up to my husband and I, so it’s been two years now that we’ve had a smaller gathering and it’s not the same. […]
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    December 31, 2017
  • My Favorite Part of the Holiday “Do you have any holiday traditions or favorite memories of Christmas?” “I’m a new Grandma, so watching my grandsons enjoy Christmas is my favorite part of the holiday.” “For me, it’s just sitting around with my family to reminisce. Laughing and remembering old times.” Erin Ninehouser Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal […]
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    December 30, 2017
  • We Come Every Year “Okay now, hold out your hand. Here’s some feed. They’ll tickle you when you they take it from your hand.” “You feel them tickling?” “Yeah! [laughs]” “He’s three. We come [to the Festival of Trees] every year. He loves it!” Erin Ninehouser Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that […]
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    December 23, 2017
  • Our New Member Class Is Filled with People We Met Through Our Community Outreach “We have a great relationship with the Phoenix Center, that’s the mental health community here in Rochester. We have three events a year with them. We do a prom gown sale and all the gowns are sold for $5 a piece. The director brings the women up and they pick out a gown, have a […]
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    November 30, 2017
  • No Idea What I Want To Do Yet "My boyfriend lives in Bridgewater. I’m just starting college this year. I have no idea what I want to do yet… I’m thinking about taking a class on how to help kids with special needs. That’s what I’m leaning toward right now."
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    September 12, 2017
  • Keeping Their Skills in Shape for the Season "We just got done with a pickup game. It's a way to get them going in the summertime, getting everybody ready and keeping their skills in shape for the season in November."
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    August 8, 2017
  • More of a Normal Life "I'm finishing my training [with the Beaver County Transit Authority] this week. I'd been driving truck for 20 years though. I just switched over..."
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    August 2, 2017
  • My Daughter and I Run This Place Together "My daughter and I run this place [PawFect Grooming in Aliquippa] together. We've been here for 7 years now. It was a very small operation when we bought it. We've grown it a lot. I think we're up to about 2,000 clients now. We're open 6 days a week.
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    July 31, 2017