Articles by Cassandra Douglas

In Your Home Senior Care

Caring for others has always been a lifelong passion for Eileen McKelvey. Her caring and concern for others that originally started with children has now expanded to caring for senior citizens. The personal gratitude that she has received while working with seniors was the inspiration to create her business, In Your Home Senior Care. Her business focuses on the non-medical needs of senior citizens, catering specifically to the elderly who have the ability to stay at home with their families. In your home senior care provides assistance with the daily needs of the senior, allowing family members the freedom to…


Ellwood Borough Proactively Working Toward a Cleaner Environment

After recent reports of sewer contents draining into the creek behind CVS, the Borough took immediate action to resolve this particular problem, however, due to the aged infrastructure of the Borough it is likely there are more overflows that will need to be addressed. It was not uncommon for cities and towns to be built with combined sewer systems- something that is now being eradicated due to the sanitary issues they cause. According to a Pittsburgh water company’s website, “the City of Pittsburgh’s sewer system is primarily composed of combined sewers, which means that storm water and sewage are carried…


Ellwood City Prepares for Fall Fest

Fall decorations are taking the town by storm as the community prepares for tomorrow’s Fall Fest. There are stocks of straw wrapped around lamp posts, vendor stands are slowly starting to appear, and store owners are putting the finishing touches on their storefront-autumn themed decorations. Last year there was a great turn out of people who attended the Fall Fest; vendors and store owners are hoping for the a good turnout again this year. Ellwood City’s 2016 Fall Fest will be held tomorrow, September 24, from 11a.m. to 4p.m in downtown Ellwood and will include live entertainment, local vendors, a…


Community Members Petitioning and Protesting Against Ellwood Electric

The council meeting on Monday seemed to rekindle many bitter feelings about the ongoing Ellwood Electric situation. Several of the visitors that attended the meeting were there specifically in regards to see what changes to the electric issues have been made since the last couple of council meetings. Dave Gulish, the creator of Standing up to Ellwood Electric and owner of his own private investigation company located in Ellwood, spoke the minds of many Ellwood residents when he stood in front of council Monday night and asked what solutions have been reached or are being actively pursued to help those…


Updates on the Proposed Water Treatment Plant

About a month ago we brought a story to you about a former councilman asking council to oppose the new water treatment plant scheduled to be constructed in the near future. The plant is supposedly going to be supplying residents with water from the Connoquenessing Creek and Beaver River instead of where the water is currently supplied from, the Slippery Rock Creek. This has many people worried due to the Connoquenessing Creek being one of the dirtiest water sources in America. We asked Connie MacDonald, the council president, what could be done in favor of the former councilman’s pleads, however,…


Ellwood Residents May Expect to Pay Higher Taxes

Ellwood City residents may expect to be paying higher taxes in the new year after council voted to pass a bond during their regular meeting on Monday. The exact wording of the motion was, “a motion would be in order to authorize a bond issue in the amount of $9 million for the purpose of building a new public works facility, electric facility, purchase a new fire truck, the Borough’s match for a Multi-modal Grant and the installation/maintenance of streets/infrastructure.” Council discussed the motion before deciding to pass it; David DeCaria, the council Vice President, reminded that although the Borough…


September’s Regular Meeting Brief

The monthly regular meeting was held last night; many things were voted on and discussed. The meeting started with a call to order followed by the roll call, Major Court was absent. There were two commendations, Jim Spielvogel was awarded the Operator Ingenuity Award, and Christ Presbyterian Church was recognized for 125 years of service. The commedations were followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and then visitors were asked to present any comments or questions they may have. Dave Gulish, a previous resident of Ellwood, was the first of several visitors to voice their concerns. He asked Bob Villella, the…


Previous Ellwood Resident Asks Borough Manager To Resign

Dave Gulish, a previous resident of Ellwood and activist against the current Ellwood Electric situation, attended last nights council meeting in order to publicly state his concerns. Gulish was the first of the visitors to speak, he started by asking Bob Villella, the borough manager, what changes have been made to the electric bills and the electric company window hours; he gave the example that he received a late fee on his most recent bill, however, he never got it in the mail, and he claims that the electric company was fully aware of him never receiving the bill. Villella…


Windy Ridge Dairy Trying to Breed Out Proteins that Cause Milk Intolerance

Windy Ridge Dairy is one of the most popular dairy stores in the Ellwood City area. The store rests at the edge of their 150 acre farm, mainly consisting of corn fields and their dairy producing cows. Lindsey, one of the store owners, said that they have roughly 80-90 cows, 40 of which are used as milk producers. They always have fresh milk for sale and at different times of the year they provide different varieties of milk and ice cream flavors. For the fall season their most popular flavor is pumpkin. Lindsey said that she wishes more people could…


The CVS that Caused the Destruction of One of Ellwood’s Oldest Buildings Is Scheduled to Open This Weekend

As many of you can most likely recall, EllwoodCity.org’s previous journalist, Jonathon Cortez, posted months earlier bringing almost constant updates about St. Agatha’s destruction in order to build a new CVS Pharmacy; he even wrote a lengthy opinion piece about his thoughts of it. He stated that he believed the destruction of St. Agatha was a mistake, mainly because it was one of the oldest buildings in Ellwood and it should be protected as such. He emphasized that there are other similar pharmacies in the area and a Rite Aid across the street from the proposed CVS, so it seemed…