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12th Annual International Showcase Enjoyed at Riverside High School

On Tuesday, March 21, over 100 tenth grade World Cultures students with the support of 10 International Club students presented the Twelfth Annual International Showcase of Countries at Riverside High School. Following months of preparation, displays that showcased 33 nations of the world were opened to students in the Riverside district from grade K through 8. 30 Riverside classes with nearly 700 students toured the Showcase this year. In addition, a group of students from Ambridge attended the Showcase for the first time. Nine exchange students currently living in Pennsylvania were participants. These YFU exchange students are Eva from Germany…


Man Flees Police on Foot Through Traffic

Thomas James Myers, 39, of New Castle, will be facing a felony charge of delivery or possession with intent to deliver drug and two misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and prohibited acts, and Troy Lee Gompf, 51, of Ellwood City, will be facing two felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, proceeding an incident that happened on February 24. According to the criminal complaint, an Ellwood City officer was patrolling the area of Line Avenue and Smiley Street when he noticed a van make a quick right turn into a side alley using a late turn signal. The officer followed…


March Regular Meeting Brief

All items discussed at the March agenda meeting were passed at the regular meeting Monday night. Below are some of the notable topics that came up during the council meeting.   Commendations: Two local boxers received commendations presented by Council President Connie MacDonald. Photo and article here.   Visitors: Joe Carfino was the only visitor to speak at the meeting, he commended council for their ongoing attempts to sell properties, but he was concerned about a specific Borough property they were offering for sale, the empty lot near the farmers market. He asked council to reconsider selling the property because…


Two Part-Time Policemen Hired by Borough

During yesterdays council meeting, council voted to pass an exception: at the Regular Meeting of Council held 9/19/16, Council voted to discontinue the shooting range at Stiefel Park, effective 12/31/16, to be in compliance with the Master Park Plan. However, a motion would be in order to make a one-time exception to use the shooting range in Stiefel Park to qualify one of the newly hired part-time officers (Gary Greene, Jr.). According to Bob Villella, the Borough Manager, two part-time officers have been hired by the Borough; one of which, Matt Morabito, has started last Wednesday, while Greene is expected…


PHOTO: Two Boxers Receive Commendation from Ellwood City Borough

Charlie Clouston, a three-time golden glove champion, and Rosie Morales attended yesterdays council meeting to receive their commendations. Both of the commendations were presented by Council President, Connie MacDonald, who stated the men were being recognized by the Borough for competing in a Pittsburgh boxing invitational in Cuba where they demonstrated outstanding physical skills, great sportsmanship as well as served as an excellent international ambassador for the United States and the Borough of Ellwood City.


Woman Facing Charges of Child Endangerment After Injuring Infant

A resident of Freed’s Trailer Park in New Galilee, 24 year-old Courtney Marie Jeffries, will be facing charges of simple assault and endangering the welfare of children, proceeding an incident that occurred last month involving her three month old daughter. According to the criminal complaint, the daughter of Jeffries was taken to the Ellwood City Hospital with an injury to the child’s right arm. The infant was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC and a medical personnel at the facility examined the child and diagnosed her with a fracture on her upper arm. Jeffries stated in her police report…


First Day of Spring: Warmer Weather Expected for Ellwood City

Western Pennsylvanians will be experiencing a temperature increase following the coincidental correlation of the first day of spring and the predicted spring weather-appropriate forecast. With today marking the official start of spring and after enduring some of the coldest temperatures of 2017 in Ellwood City over the past few weeks, the 10 day forecast is promising warmer, but wetter, weather. According to The Weather Channel, temperatures are expected to reach the high 60’s and remain around an average of mid 50’s over the next 10 days. Weather chart provided by The Weather Channel for the Ellwood City Area. Although the…


Ellwood City Area Public Library Activities for Week of March 20, 2017

Activities taking place at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: Monday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. – Afternoon Book Discussion Group for Adults. The group will discuss the book, “Ruby,” by Cynthia Bond. Call the library at 724-758-6458 for more information. Family Laptime, an interactive program for babies as young as 6 months of age to toddlers and preschoolers. Featured are stories, songs, finger plays, games and more. Registration is requested, so call the library for more information. Tuesday, March 21, at 6:00 p.m. – A Spring Gardening Program, presented by the Master Gardeners in Lawrence County….


Ellwood City Historical Society Share Memories Event

Do you remember the neighborhood “Mom and Pop” stores in Ellwood City? Have you any stories, experiences or tales of a local “Mom and Pop” stores in Ellwood City Area? Do you remember paying the bill on paydays, selling pop bottles there for two cents, meeting the neighbors, buying penny candy, sampling the produce, and maybe, even forgetting to pay for something. Well, Louise Carroll from the Ledger will be at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City on Thursday March 23 from 1 to 4 pm to listen to your stories of these experiences.  Stop…


Try-Outs for Ellwood City’s First Competitive Cheer Program

Nikki DeLuca, a local competitive gymnastic coach at Diamond Dance Academy, is excited to be bringing Ellwoodian youth their first opportunity to participate in a competitive all-star cheer program. DeLuca will be the head coach of the Ellwood City Explosion All Star Cheer. The Explosion squads will be tailored for any level youth between the ages 5-18, and the cheer group will be co-ed. DeLuca says the all-star competitive group will take local cheerleading “to a whole new level.” “All star cheering is different than school cheering in several ways,” she says. “Not only are the squads bigger – consisting…