Human Interest

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Mayor Presents Commendation to Samuel Teolis

Mayor Anthony Court presented a commendation to Samuel Teolis, owner and respected Director of Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory after 61 years as a Funeral Director in the Ellwood City area. Mr. Teolis’s basement of the funeral home recently became a member of the PA Museums Association, it is a museum of 19th Century America and the WWI and WWII. Teolis served on the Ellwood City Area School board for 6 years,  he served as Mayor for 4 years, he was appointed Lawrence County Deputy Coroner in 1955 and served for 38 years. He has served on the Veterans…


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PHOTOS: T&M Hardware to Expand

As you may already know, T&M Hardware on Fountain Ave., in Ellwood recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, and now they’re up to something else – expanding their parking area – something that the company has longed to do for almost 20 years. After purchasing three houses next to the store property they are finally able to expand their lot, which was something that customers suggested they do to make parking more efficient. “We listen to what our customers want the most, they’ve been so good to us and we want to do the same for them; they told us they…


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CCBC School of Aviation Sciences Receives Laurel Foundation Grant to Purchase New Flight Simulator

Monaca, PA – The Laurel Foundation, which focuses on supporting programs that offer long-term benefits for participants and the community by providing charitable grants for nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, has gifted $50,000 to the CCBC Foundation to assist the College with purchasing a new, high-quality Redbird MCX flight simulator for the School of Aviation Sciences. “The CCBC School of Aviation Sciences relates directly to the mission of the Laurel Foundation in promoting vocational education in southwestern Pennsylvania, especially with respect to high impact, STEM-related career pathways,” said Executive Director Dayton Baker. “We are grateful to the Laurel…


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Community College of Beaver County Offers Course Scheduling to Fit All Lifestyles with Flexible Start Program

Registration Now Underway for Evening and Weekend Classes in Spring Semester  (Monaca, PA) – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has unveiled a full roster of classes to address the needs of students who are unable to attend class during the day or a later start to the spring semester. These classes are ideal for working students who need flexible schedules, high school juniors and seniors seeking concurrent enrollment that won’t conflict with traditional high school classes, and those who seek the convenience of attending class through online courses. “The Flexible Start program was designed with a focus on the…


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Social Worker Expresses Concern About Common Mental Disorder and Laws

After having direct involvement with many reactive attachment disorder (RAD) sufferers – adults and children alike – Shivonne Costa, a local social worker, mother of two adopted children with RAD, and advocate to see social service laws change, is trying to fix misconceptions and share information about the avoidable disorder that she says is becoming increasingly more common. According to PersonalityResearch.org, reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is one of the few disorders listed in the DSM-IV that can be applied to infants. It is a disorder caused by a lack of attachment to any specific caregiver at an early age, and…


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Riverside Graduate Receives Scholarship

Gretchen Shaffer, a 2015 graduate of Riverside High School, recently received a $1000.00 scholarship from Northwestern Pennsylvania Society of Plastics Engineers. The NWPA SPE is a nonprofit professional organization founded to facilitate and encourage the growth, knowledge and expertise among the membership by offering educational and professional development opportunities focused on the plastics industry.   Gretchen is a sophomore at Penn State Behrend studying Plastics Engineering Technology with an interest in the Medical Plastics Certificate. She is the Vice President of Membership for Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and President-Elect for next year. She is also a member…


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1954 Lincoln Class Committee December Meeting

Pudue LaCava hosted the 1954 Lincoln Class Committee for their annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 1 at her Mt. Vernon Drive home. The festivities began at 2p.m. with an Italian ravioli dinner, prepared and served by Ilene Gardner and LaCava, with continuous serving through the afternoon hours as the local and out of town members arrived. A business session was conducted by Gardner and “Pinky” Maielli to update all present on the planning for the “Nite at the Movies” event to be helf on July 15, 2017. Reports were voiced by mid-Atlantic Chairmen, John and Patty Tino, financial reports…


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GriefShare Program

No matter what the circumstances, grief recovery is a painful process. A GriefShare seminar/support group is being hosted and sponsored by Calvin Church, and the program will be facilitated by Ginny Brest. The first session is scheduled for Sunday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the church parlor. The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, and concluding on April 9. While participants are encouraged to complete the 13-week program if possible, attendance is not mandatory each week. The program is free and open to anyone in the community (and beyond) because we understand how deeply grief and loss hurts people and…


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A Psychological Look at New Year’s Resolutions

To welcome the New Year, we also like to welcome a fresh start – which often includes a “new” version of ourselves. This is where the annual tradition of declaring a New Year’s resolution stems from; a practice that has been adopted by demographics across the globe in which a person makes a promise to do a self-improving act, such as losing weight or to be more giving, beginning on New Year’s Day. “I believe New Year’s resolutions are an opportunity to think about what you do and how you can improve yourself,” Connie MacDonald the Council President stated, furthering…


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Local Man Receives Commendation Presented by the Mayor

Richard Streckeisen received the following commendation presented by Mayor Tony Court: “Richard “Dick” Sreckeisen,  The Mayor and Community of Ellwood City would like to recognize you for the outstanding community service and dedication to our residents. Over the years, you have served this community with your many years of dedication in the Fire Department along with dedicating countless hours of your time to the Carpenters Project and to The Over the Hill Gang, providing ramps for our disabled residents. You serve as a reminder how each of us should live our daily lives, going above and beyond by giving back…