“We’re church friends. Been working the festival for about, um, forever, I’d say.” [laughs]

“When I got married, I was Presbyterian, my wife was Catholic. I converted, because I wanted to raise our kids Catholic. I’m happy I did, go to church all the time.”

“I lived here, grew up here, went to school here and belonged here, and did all those things. Then I moved away for 12 years and was married and then moved back here, and it was really great coming back here. Been back about 30 years. It’s all familiar, you know? You look around and there might be a few faces you don’t know, but the rest you have some connection to, somewhere — the mother, or the kids, someone in the family. It’s fun. That’s why I love working the festival — you get to see people coming through, you get to touch base with people you didn’t see since last year, see how they’re doing. It’s a very nice thing to have to those connections.”

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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.