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“I’ve been working in the district for about 9 years, but for other schools. Now, I’m working in the field house [at the Ambridge high school]. I’m the night watchman and I work with the athletes. I’m trying to encourage our boys, because we have a lot on the team now who have never played organized football before.

We got a small team now; mostly freshman and sophomores. We’re rebuilding the team and the coaching staff. I tell them, just stay together as a team, and we can do what we need to do. I come up here to the practices and tell them they’re doing a good job.

Trying to inspire these young boys, keeping them off the streets, and keeping them together — that’s what I’m about. I used to work at the elementary school; about 8 of the [high school players] know me from the elementary school — they’re like ‘hey, Mr. Dre is here!’ That’s what they call me — or Dr. Dre, cause they know the music.”

(Andre shares his motivation for supporting the Ambridge high school football players as they learn the game and grow as a team.)

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.