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37 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Presque Isle 100: Matthew Greene/Jon DeMarco - May 28, 2021
On a Fun Friday, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of our beloved peninsula becoming Presque Isle State Park. Our guests were Matthew Greene, Park Operations Manager and Jon DeMarco, Executive Director of the Presque Isle Partnership. Listen for the history, the improvements, and the celebrations of this most-important regional asset.
39 minutes | May 28, 2021
Help Your Student Avoid the Summer Slide: Rick Scaletta - May 27, 2021
As we often do on Thursdays, we talked about education. On this episode we are focused on avoiding that “summer slide.” We heard from Rick Scaletta, superintendent of General McLane schools, as he talked about keeping our kids sharp through the summer break.
40 minutes | May 26, 2021
Cryptocurrency: John Baker & Ben Reiter - May 25, 2021
On Tuesday, we talked about cryptocurrency. If the topic is indeed a bit cryptic to you, you’re not alone. Our conversation with Kingdom Financial Group advisors Ben Reiter and John Baker will help you to learn more about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other forms of internet-based money.
22 minutes | May 25, 2021
Summer JAM: Gary Lee - May 24, 2021
On our Monday edition of our show, Gary Lee, director of administration for Erie County, chatted with Joel about the Summer JAM program. The Summer “Jobs and More” program is entering its eighth year, and provides an opportunity for employment and career exploration for young people in the Erie area. Particularly during a time when employers are having difficulty finding workers, the Summer JAM program links young workers with their potential futures.
43 minutes | May 24, 2021
May Mayor's Meeting: Mayor Joe Schember - May 21, 2021
On our Friday Show, we spoke with Erie Mayor Joe Schember, who is undoubtedly happy about the primary election results. During our regular segment, Monthly Meetings with the Mayor, we talked about the strategy to reopen City Hall right after the Memorial Day holiday, and the investments it took to get the municipal building ready. We also talked about a new location for the Erie Police Bomb Squad, the Summer Parks and Rec program, and investments from the American Rescue Plan.
44 minutes | May 21, 2021
Summer Camps: Joseph Preston/Kevin Saxton - May 20, 2021
Finally, summer camps are coming back for another season of making memories. We heard from two camp directors based in western Erie County. First, Joseph Preston of WLD Ranch joined us, then Kevin Saxton of Camp Judson brought his perspective. Both camps are looking forward to children and young people enjoying a great experience in God's Creation in 2021.
24 minutes | May 20, 2021
Public Health Update: Melissa Lyon - May 19, 2021
On our Wednesday episode of the Joel Natalie Show, we returned our focus to public health as the Director of the Erie County Department of Health, Melissa Lyon joined us for an update. Conversation highlights included the importance of testing, what small businesses must need to reopen safely, and vaccine hesitancy and access.
41 minutes | May 18, 2021
Legal Pitfalls in Navigating the Recovery: Atty. Adam Williams - May 17, 2021
On Monday's Joel Natalie Show we got down to business with a focus on small business law. Joining us on the show was Adam Williams, Founder of the law firm, Rust Belt Business Law. We had a wide-ranging conversation on how small businesses are faring with regards to the law at this point in the economic recovery from the pandemic.
31 minutes | May 17, 2021
Waldameer Park Begins 2021 Season: Brian Gorman - May 14, 2021
As we had great weather for a fun Friday, we also looked forward to Waldameer Park opening on May 15th. We talked to Brian Gorman, Vice President of Operations at Waldameer Park and Water World. Our conversation surrounded what summer will look like for the century-old amusement park, and what visitors can expect at this point in the Covid-19 roller-coaster.
37 minutes | May 14, 2021
SSJNN Virtual Gala: Heather May Caspar - May 13, 2021
On our Thursday edition of the Joel Natalie Show, we caught up with Heather May Caspar, the Executive Director of the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network. We learned about the 2021 SSJNN Virtual Gala, and Heather gave us an update on the work that her organization is doing within their neighborhoods and the community at large.
39 minutes | May 13, 2021
Mental Health Awareness Month: Shannon Harrington & Nicole Wells - May 12, 2021
On our Wednesday program, we recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Our discussion surrounded the particular difficulties that the COVID pandemic brought to those who support and treat those dealing with mental and behavioral health issues. Our guests included Nicole Wells, the Senior Director of Community Impact for the Achievement Center of LECOM Health, and Shannon Harrington, the Adult Partial Program Supervisor at Millcreek Community Hospital of LECOM Health.
55 minutes | May 12, 2021
Erie Seawolves Home Opener 2021: Ed Snyder/Greg Gania/Greg Coleman/Tom Reisenweber - May 11, 2021
After a year and a half without minor league baseball in Erie, PA, and that same year and a half often filled with fear and trepidation due to both the COVID pandemic, and the MLB's contacration of the minor leagues, on Tuesday, we reached a much-sought after milestone: the Erie Seawolves Home Opener. The Joel Natalie Show broadcasted live from the newly-renovated UPMC Park, where some $16 million was spent to give Erie fans a best-in-class game experience. With us to explain it all and celebrate with us was Ed Snyder, Director for Sports Facilities for Erie Events, Greg Gania, Erie Seawolves Assistant GM, Greg Coleman, Team President, and Tom Reisenweber, Sports Reporter on the Seawolves beat for the Erie Times-News/GoErie.com.
36 minutes | May 11, 2021
St. Martin Center Meeting Basic Needs: David Gonzalez - May 10, 2021
Our Big Issue conversation Monday on the Joel Natalie Show was with David Gonzalez, the CEO of the St. Martin Center. We learned about how their work in serving those in poverty has been affected by the pandemic, and how through their early childhood programming and rental and utilities assistance the agency continues to add value to those truly in need.
41 minutes | May 10, 2021
First To Eleven Returns: Sam Gilman, Ryan Krysiak, Audra Miller, and Matt Yost - May 7, 2021
No strangers to our microphones—or any microphones for that matter—the band, First to Eleven joined us on a Fun Friday. This Erie-based band features Sam Gilman, Ryan Krysiak, Audra Miller, and Matt Yost. They have an enormous, world-wide following as they post rock covers on their Youtube channel to over a million followers. We’ll find out what this past year has been like, how the music scene has changed for them during the pandemic, and what’s next for this evolving young band, including the formation of an all-original concept band called Concrete Castles.
33 minutes | May 7, 2021
UPMC Hamot's Impact During the Pandemic: David Gibbons - May 6, 2021
On the Thursday edition of the Joel Natalie Show, we had an exclusive interview with David Gibbons, the President and CEO at UPMC Hamot. Our conversation centered around the ways UPMC Hamot has engaged in Covid testing, treatment, vaccines, and public outreach, now that we’re 15 months into the pandemic. We also learned about UPMC Health System’s goals moving forward, as we hope for a healthier, happier summer in Erie.
26 minutes | May 6, 2021
Mothers Day at the Nursing Home: Marybeth Pfister/Maureen Rizzo - May 5, 2021
After a very difficult year of holidays disrupted by the pandemic, the context of Mother's Day at Erie area nursing homes will be quite a bit different, for the better this year. That's the take away from our conversations with two representative of area long-term care facilities, who told us Mother's Day is traditionally one of the biggest days for visitation of the year. Although there will be controls in place to ensure resident safety, our guests Marybeth Pfister of Pleasant Ridge Manor and Maureen Rizzo of Brevillier Village both said interaction between residents and their loved ones will be much more relaxed compared to last year.
42 minutes | May 5, 2021
Erie Tourism Gets Ready for Summer 2021: John Oliver - May 4, 2021
Tuesday we welcomed back to the microphone John Oliver, President and CEO of VisitErie. What might tourism and entertainment look like in Erie this summer, and how has the hospitality industry been helped with the CHIRP dollars? 124 applicants were awarded the Covid-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program funding. We discussed what that means to Erie businesses in this sector, and how lifting the capacity restrictions can bring visitors back to Erie.
45 minutes | May 4, 2021
New Federal Support for Transportation: Jeremy Peterson/Brian Pitzer - May 3, 2021
On our Monday edition of the Joel Natalie Show, we talked about transportation, from Point A to B in Erie, and beyond, and President Biden's goals for train and transit infrastructure. Our first guest was Jeremy Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority to find out what’s new with EMTA’s buses, routes, and the new building on 14th Street. Then we spoke with Brian Pitzer, Executive Director of All Aboard Erie, to hear about the exciting possibility of Amtrak expanding service to and from Erie, and the latest on high speed rail.
56 minutes | May 3, 2021
The Return of Live Music: Monica Lewis/Matt Boland/Doug Phillips - Apr. 30, 2021
After a long year without live music, we are excited to see many local musicians get back to gigging in Erie. On Friday, we spoke with three local performers: Monica Lewis, Matt Boland, and Doug Phillips to hear about how they kept the beat going during this socially distant year, and what it means to them to get back in front of a live audience.
43 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Children's Literacy: Erin Eighmy - Apr. 29, 2021
Thursday we focused on the pandemic’s effects on literacy in young children. Currently, 17 states have enacted laws that hold children back from advancing past third grade if their standardized test scores are not on par with the grade level. We found out where Pennsylvania stands on this issue as we talked to PA Certified Literacy Specialist Erin Eighmy, an Educational Consultant in Literacy, Training and Consultation.
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