Human Interest

Ellwood City Area Historical Society: Foundries of Freedom

This is the third of four releases presented by the Ellwood City Historical Society concerning the “We Can Do It!”, exhibit to be held at the History Center, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City. FOUNDRIES OF FREEDOM “Soldiers of production” accurately describes the nearly 7,000 men and women who worked in the mills of Ellwood City during World War II.  Though not called to serve in the military, they were one of the most important cogs in the United States war machine.  It’s no exaggeration to claim that they were a major reason for the Allied victory in the War. Virtually…



2017-2018 United Fund Campaign

Goal : $ 50,000.00         Raised to Date( Oct 31, 2017)  – $15,634.00 HELP KEEP US COVERED The Ellwood City area United Fund campaign is now under way. The 2017-2018 campaign runs until December 31, 2017. We are an independent local United Fund with absolutely no paid staff or administration. You can be assured that your donation stays here in Ellwood City. Join The growing list of supporters and help ” KEEP US COVERED”  for the future:   Lori Dunham                    Doc Barsoti                    Petes Uptown Beer distribution Lynn Campbell                 John Conway                 Stonecrest Golf Course Fox Run Golf Course       Delmar Golf Course       Loccisano’s…


Art Students Prepare Wreaths for Senior Citizens

To kick off the giving season, senior citizens in two local nursing homes will be receiving hand crafted wreaths early in December. Progressive Home Health, a Monaca based home health care agency serving senior citizens in the local counties, has teamed up with the art students at Lincoln High School to create wreaths to give to local elderly patients for Christmas. Emily Morris, a worker for Progressive Home Health, said in previous years they have had grade school students make cards for the patients, but this is the first year they have been able to coordinate the wreath project. “My…


Riverside, Ellwood City Students to Appear on KDKA’s High Q

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, students from Riverside and Ellwood were at KDKA studios, One Gateway Center in Pittsburgh, for the taping of Home Town High Q. Ellwood students Molly McCommons, Kyle Smith and Noah Rinker and Riverside students Morgan Deiseroth, Ari Kendra and Colby Belczyk represented the schools in the competition. Riverside competed alongside Ellwood City against Waynesburg. The students compete against the rival teams by answering questions over subjects taught in school, similar to how Jeopardy is played. The show will air on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11a.m. and will re-run the following Saturday at 11:30a.m. Following…


Old Photo Friday: 1980’s Business Openings

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is Business Openings – old businesses, that is! The following photos were taken at the then new Franklin Township Plaza. At the time these were the original businesses setting up shop in the plaza! Each photo is captioned with the year, business and a brief description. Do you know what current businesses took their places? Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.


Ellwood City School Board Regular Meeting Recap

With the newly elected board members among those in attendance, the Ellwood City School Board conducted its regular meeting and schedule of business Thursday night. Beyond the scheduled topics discussed, Kathy McCommons, Barb Wilson and Norm Boots all spoke briefly to the audience and board while Kathy Pansera, who did not win her seat back during Tuesday’s election, read a statement centered around the outsourcing subject. “I ask the union to please negotiate and remember the students and the community that they serve,” Pansera said. “I hope and pray that the union will choose to negotiate in good faith and…


Ellwood City Area Historical Society: Some Gave All

This is the second of four releases presented by the Ellwood City Historical Society concerning the “We Can Do It!”, exhibit to be held at the History Center, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City. SOME GAVE ALL It was a recognition you didn’t want but it was a solemn honor you received with great dignity.   Dread accompanied your initiation, but once you were a member, nothing could dissuade you from the reverent pride in being a part of this special group.  The usual notification occurred by a letter or telegram from the War Department that someone you cherished was KIA (Killed-In-Action)…


Ellwood School District Explores Curtain Wall Project Options

The Ellwood City School Board is exploring options for Lincoln High to undergo what’s being called the Curtain Wall Project – an architectural renovation for more efficient insulation. A curtain wall system is an outer covering of a building in which the outer walls are non-structural, utilized to keep the weather out and the occupants in. Since the curtain wall is non-structural, it can be made of lightweight materials, thereby reducing construction costs. The blueprints were presented to the school board members Monday evening and consist of renovations to three floors, renovations will vary in size per floor. In the…


Meet the Cast Part 2: Little Woman

This is the second and final part to Lincoln High’s Meet the Cast of Little Woman. View the first one here. The musical will be premiering this Friday at 7p.m. at Lincoln High School.   Tanner Tomak as Laurie Year: Freshman Been in musicals since: This is my 3rd year in musicals. Will you be singing: Yes. What interested you in this role: I liked that it wasn’t a major role to start off. What is unique about your costume(s): There’s a lot of sweaters! Favorite song: 5 Forever because its upbeat and happy. What have you done to prepare:…