Articles by Cassandra Douglas

Last Nights Council Agenda Meeting Brief

Yesterday held the agenda meeting for the month, the following was discussed and will be voted on at the next meeting on Monday the 19th: Christopher Brant asked council for approval on his proposed community project for Boy Scouts, (read the full story here). A visitor asked council about a previous 90 minute parking proposal due claims of students taking up parking spaces in front of homes, that had yet to be resolved. Connie MacDonald, the council president, said it will be discussed in the meeting but it won’t be voted on until next week. Another visitor expressed his concerns…


Boy Scout Proposed Community Project to Council

Christopher Brant is a 17 year old Boy Scout member who attended last nights council meeting and bravely presented his proposed community project to council. Brant started by introducing himself, “My name is Christopher Brant and I am a Boy Scout of Troop 806 here in Ellwood City. I am currently a Life Scout and I am working towards my Eagle rank.” He then proceeded on with why he was seeking their approval for his project, “One of the requirements (to become an Eagle Scout) is to do a service project for my community. I would like to build a…


School Teaches Students About 9/11 With Service Dog

Ellwood City’s North Side Primary School has “service learning projects” scheduled throughout the year to teach the students about their community. Today at the primary school, Jessica Herr, an AmeriCorp worker, set up a service learning project to introduce the students to the tragic events that took place in New York City on September 11, 2001. To help make it a positive learning experience Herr introduced Melissa Parker, a rescue dog handler to the event. “Rather than introducing the kids in a scary fashion, we thought we center the conversation around the heroes involved in 9/11,” said Herr.  “We focused on emphasizing the…


Foreign Exchange Student Revisits Ellwood After 37 Years

John Magargee and his wife Janice are pleased to welcome Soh Ping Summers, a foreign exchange student they hosted in the year 1978 to 1979, back to Ellwood City after 37 years! Soh Ping was a student from Singapore, Malaysia who joined a foreign exchange program when she was 18 and attended Ellwood’s very own Riverside High School, where she graduated with the senior class in 1979. She is back to visit Ellwood, again being hosted by the Magargee’s, however this time she isn’t here for school and she comes accompanied by her Scottish husband and a lot of updates on…


Ellwood City Police Not Securing Home Game Tonight

It was mentioned in a previous post that Ellwood City School District is forced to hire private security instead of having Ellwood City Police securing the home games like they have been doing for years. The issue stems from the borough being unable to comply with the schools security needs at this time, mainly due to an ongoing uncertainty regarding how many officers they would need to hire per game. At the school board meeting last night, the school board president, Renne Pitrelli, stated that the issue between the school and borough has not yet resolved and the school has…


Shakespeare’s to Host Wine Tasting

When consumed in a moderate amount, wine can actually provide some great health benefits. To benefit from wine consumption, the recommend intake amount for women is no more than one glass a day and no more than two for men. Red wine has been loosely linked to the following health benefits: lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of depression, preventing colon and breast cancer, anti-aging, preventing dementia, and several others which can be viewed here. This would be a perfect excuse to attend Shakespeare’s Restaurant wine and ale tasting, Monday, September 12, from 6p.m. to 9p.m. It will include local…


Back to School: Flu Season

With the summer months coming to an end and flu season approaching fast, it’s important to remind our children how to avoid getting sick this year! There are some very common aliments that become prominent in schools specifically during the colder months; among the general population, the cold and flu are the most commonly contracted illnesses and are the least likely to be serious if properly treated. The flu and cold are both viruses and their symptoms are very similar, however the duration of the two and the severity of the symptoms is the main tale-tale sign between the two….


Ellwood City School District Forced to Hire Private Security for Games

There have been rumors going around that Ellwood City School District will no longer be provided with Ellwood City police officers for security at their high school sporting events, leaving it up to the school district to hire a private security company. Though Ellwood City’s Mayor, Anthony Court, confirmed the rumors to be true, he said said the issue is likely to be temporary. We also spoke with one of the school board members, LeRoy Cortez, who stated that the school has had a long-standing contract with the borough to provide security at games, which they’ve never had a problem…


Beaver County Humane Society’s “Fall” In Love Event

This month the Beaver County Humane Society is having their “Fall” In Love event, promoting the adoption of available cats. Starting today and going through the end of September they will be offering cat and kitten adoption fees at half the normal price! View the official flyer below. For this event, they’re featuring two lovely cats who are currently available for adoption at the facility: Annabella- Breed: grey and white domestic short hair (cat) Gender: female Age: approx 2 years Been at the shelter since: October 9, 2015.   Gideon- Breed: black domestic short hair (cat) Gender: female Age: approx…


Hidden Gem Photography Grand Opening

Rebecca Dembach is the visionary behind Hidden Gem Photography, located at 314 5th Street in Ellwood. Though she has been doing professional photography for years, she just recently decided to open up her own photography studio. Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Ganon University in 2014. She used to work for a TV station as a video editor and graphic designer, and she also did promotions for a radio station; however, her heart was set around owning her own business, mainly centered around photography but also offering her skills in graphic design and video creating/editing. In response to…