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Letter to the Editor: Proud to Be Involved

by Raymond Santillo, Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce Director As many of you may know, I have recently been named Director of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce. I am very proud to lead this group of volunteers that serve our area. Their enthusiasm is what initially caught my interest and desire to join the Chamber. I have been volunteering for our Ellwood City Area Public Library, Ellwood City Wolves, Car Cruise, Gobblers Gallop and Ledger Race, and the excitement at the Chamber Office was contagious for me. I am asking residents in our Chamber area (Ellwood City, Wampum,…


Opinion: Pennsylvania is Right to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania passed through the House and is under review by the Senate. You can read about it here. The legality of cannabis by state varies, but suffice to say Pennsylvania remains in the minority of 11 states that haven’t legalized any form of the cannabis plant. A poll in October indicated that 90 percent of Pennsylvanians favor medical cannabis prescribed through a doctor. I’m for legalizing medical marijuana. I’m for legalizing recreational marijuana. However, cannabis is not merely illegal under Federal law, its classification as a Schedule I substance means it has been…


Letter to the Editor: We Can’t Allow Fear to Dictate Policy

by Anthony Deluca, Lincoln High Class of 2009 A high school teacher of mine, Rick DeLoia, taught me (along with many others who paid attention) that the United States of America is great because we protect the freedoms of the minority groups and that goes further than race/ethnicity. That concept applies to any group who thinks differently than the majority of the population. There was a time in the United States when we put the Japanese in camps, because as a nation we were scared and didn’t know what to do. Since 9/11 it’s been the Muslim people under scrutiny,…


Opinion: Food Service Policy is Okay

The Lincoln High School food service policy is okay. Not great. Not bad. It’s just okay. The brief summary of the food service policy is that students in grades 7-12 with a delinquent account of $6.75, which is about three meals, can’t eat lunch. This, as I understand, doesn’t apply to free or reduced lunches. Those students’ meals are funded by the Federal government, so the district gets reimbursed. On one side, people feel that all students should get a meal and hungry students is a tragedy. On the other end, people say it’s a matter of responsibility for parents…


Opinion: Replacing St. Agatha with a CVS Was a Mistake

Every Friday, I walk down to Spring Avenue and snap a few pictures of the gradual deconstruction of St. Agatha. At this stage, the church looks as if it was hit by a World War II bomb run. I think it was a mistake to tear down the church and a mistake to replace it with a CVS. Earlier this week, EllwoodCity.org shared a column from Triblive on the negative effects of destroying local landmarks, and St. Agatha was used as an example. St. Agatha was one of Ellwood’s oldest buildings, had distinctive architecture and was culturally significant for the…


Opinion: Taxpayers Don’t Stipulate Terms of Use

“It’s our property because we’re the tax payers,” said every American at some in their life. Upon first thought, this argument seems solid or at least something you can throw at elected officials when they make a decision you don’t like. After all, public property is for public use. Our tax dollars pay to upkeep it and we elect people to oversee the use of it, so we expect that when we want to use it, we can. However, it’s a bit more involved than it simply being “our property.” We pay taxes for the US government to manufacture stealth…


Star Wars Brings Back the Magic and Wonder of the Original Trilogy

[Statements, opinion, and views expressed in this column are those of the author named and are not necessarily those of the EllwoodCity.org and Thought Process Enterprises team.] [The following review contains no spoilers.] I didn’t have high expectations for “The Force Awakens.” I’ve learned over the years that setting the bar too high leads to sitting in the theater in confused disappointment as the credits roll. After all, how good could a seventh movie in a series be, especially compared to the incomparable glory of the original trilogy? I can’t say I’ve been waiting 30 years for “The Force Awakens,”…


Happy Thanksgiving- Along with Eight Random Related Facts

The Ellwoodcity.org staff wishes all our readers and the community a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoys the one day a year us Americans can eat large amounts of food. According to the Weather Channel, it should be a bid warm and possibly sunny, so winter isn’t here quite yet! I will be on vacation for rest of the week, so I’ll leave you with random Thanksgiving trivia. Turkeys, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and squash are all native to North America so a classic Thanksgiving dinner is an inherently New World feast (source “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared…


How the Tree Came to Be

by Caroline Golmic, Aflac When Scott and I first started planning “Let There Be Lights” weekend on behalf of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, we were trying to think of what could help make the evening epic. When we walked past the Community Plaza, Scott immediately started dreaming of having a huge tree lit in the circle amphitheater. We looked at some artificial trees online that were 17 to 20 feet and quickly realized they were far out of the Chamber’s budget. The next day, we started calling around to all of the local Christmas tree farms to…


Off Year Election: Don’t Forget to Vote

[Statements, opinion, and views expressed in this column are those of the author named and are not necessarily those of the EllwoodCity.org and Thought Process Enterprises team.] The day of the May primary elections, I wrote a column on why voting in local elections is important. The same principals hold true for today’s general election. It’s an off-year election. There are no state or Federal positions for us Pennsylvanians to vote for. While it may make today’s election less exciting, it doesn’t make it less important locally. There are several contested local positions such as county commissioners, judges, and borough…