“We’re all volunteers — practically family now. We’ve been working at the [Maple Syrup Festival] for years. We started down at the main Lodge helping out in the dining hall, serving coffee, clearing tables. I used to take my Girl Scout Troop. I always recruit friends, people that I know to come and help. We always have a great time!”

[Pam Laughlin, aka Mommy Pearl of New Brighton works a booth at the Maple Syrup Festival with her friends and family. Proceeds from the annual event benefits parks, recreation and conservation in Beaver County.]
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.