Lynn Rockwell McHolme enjoys volunteering and her home community of Elizabeth Borough has
benefited greatly from these efforts over the years.
As chairperson of the Elizabeth Riverfest for over 20 years, she helped establish and grow this family-
oriented event into major annual summer celebration on the banks of the Monongahela River. In
2009, she retired from this post so she could devote more time to history and family.
Her present project is working with her father, Orrie Rockwell, Jr., to preserve the history of Elizabeth
through picture DVDs. They have completed two in a set of .probably. four DVDS which will tell about
the past of the borough through pictures. . I compiled the DVD and my dad narrates the history behind
the pictures,. she reports.
McHolme is the oldest of three children of Orrie Jr. and Norma Rockwell and the granddaughter of
Orrie St. and Laura Rockwell and Norman and Gabrielle Pierce. Her grandfather, Orrie Sr., was a well-
respected teacher and administrator in the EF school district and served on the first joint Elizabeth-
Forward School District Board.
The Rockwell family has a long history of business enterprises in the borough and McHolme has worked
in a number of them. She started working in her grandmother.s flower shop, Laura.s Floral Shop, at age
nine and then worked in the clothing business called Plum Tree Fashion, owned by her parents. With the
death of her mother when she was 19 years old, the need to work in the family businesses and to help to
raise my 13-year-old brother kept her from attending college.
Today, she manages and co-owns with her father and two siblings , Rockwell.s Red Lion Restaurant,
located at 201 S. Second Avenue. Her brother, Orrie .Charlie. Rockwell, III, is the chef at the restaurant
and her sister, Dawn Kumar, is the owner of Jim.s Flower Shop in Clairton.
The Red Lion.s home was originally built for the First National Bank of Elizabeth. The Rockwell family
completely renovated this building in May of 1980 and began a successful restaurant business which
is one the cornerstones of the business section of the borough. .Our restaurant has been a fine dining
destination and a hub for my Elizabeth organizations for over 30 years,. she noted.
McHolme remains active in the community, serving on the planning and fundraising aspects for
the .Sounds Like Summer on Plum. program which provides free music entertainment on Thursdays
during the summer months on a venue on Plum Street. She also holds various positions on the boards
of the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Elizabeth Area Development Corporation, the Monongahela
Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation and the Youghiogheny Country Club Women.s
In July, 2000, she married Jim McHolme. Together, they have enjoyed traveling to Africa four times
to golf and hunt and to other destinations around the world including Argentina, Scotland, Ireland and