Human Interest

Report: BC3 ranks No. 1 in salary-to-cost ratio among 42 area institutions

Butler County Community College has the highest ratio of graduates’ salaries 10 years after commencement for every dollar a student pays to attend BC3, besting ratios at 41 other Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio colleges and universities whose U.S. Department of Education information was analyzed by the Pittsburgh Business Times. BC3’s salary-to-cost ratio of 7.6 was the highest among 42 institutions surveyed in a Jan. 9 report in the Pittsburgh Business Times headlined “College Scorecard: These regional colleges produce the highest earners.” The average salary of a BC3 graduate 10 years after graduation is $33,700, according to the College Scorecard,…


CDC on the Flu: Entire Country Experiencing Flu at Same Time

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is aware of this year’s flu epidemic and held a press conference last week with their Flu experts to update the public on the current flu statistics and outlook. Dr. Dan Jernigan, Director of the influenza division in CDC’s national center for immunization and respiratory diseases hosted the conference, starting out by saying it has been a tough flu season so far this year. He goes on to give exact details about why this year’s flu seems to be worse than normal. “Most people with influenza are being infected with the H3N2 influenza virus….


Ellwood City Students Make College President and Dean’s List

Butler, PA – Butler County Community College is proud to announce the names of those students who have made the President’s List and Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester, as well as recent graduates. Students who have achieved a GPA (grade point average) of 3.75 or higher are named to the President’s List following completion of at least 12 semester hours or upon completion of degree requirements. Students who have achieved a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.5 to 3.74 are named to the Dean’s List following completion of at least 12 semester hours or upon completion of…


RARE EVENT: Super Blue Blood Moon

A rare lunar event will be happening on January 31, something that hasn’t occurred since the 1800’s – a super blue blood moon. The event will combine 3 phenomena at the same time, a blue moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse, which will be most visible in the Eastern hemisphere. The term “Blue Moon” has nothing to do with the color of the moon, it just means it’s the second full moon of the month, however, due to the blood moon (the lunar eclipse) the moon will appear a red color. The moon will appear 14% larger and…


Ellwood City Back Yard Bird Watchers, Nature Lovers

Ellwood City back yard bird watchers and nature lovers – there is a Facebook group you’re invited to, called Bird Watchers of Western PA and Eastern Ohio that would love to hear your stories and see your pictures! The group was created several months ago and although it has had a slow start, Admin Susan Ansell Provan says they’re already looking to expand. “[We] would even love to start a neighborhood club if anyone is interested,” she said. Anyone who would like to be part of a neighborhood club may contact her through the Facebook group. Ellwood City boasts a…


2017-2018 United Fund Campaign

The Ellwood City United Fund wants to thank everyone on the following list that has very generously provided funds to their annual fund drive. Goal – $50,000.00 Raised – $42,231.00 “HELP KEEP US COVERED” The Ellwood City area United Fund is closing its 2017-2018 campaign coming up $ 7769.00 short of its goal of $ 50,000.00. The United Fund released its final disbursement for the year 2017 to all agencies. It is hoped that the disbursement will carry the Agencies through the winter months. We are an independent local United Fund with absolutely no paid staff or administration. You can…


Pennsylvania 2nd Highest Among States Affected by Salmonella Infections Linked to Coconut

According to the Center for Disease Control’s website, Pennsylvania is the second highest among the nine affected states for illness caused by a recent Salmonella outbreak. The site says that the CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Coconut Tree Brand frozen Shredded Coconut. Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 11, 2017 to November 4, 2017. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 82, with a median age of 19. Among ill people, 19 (76%) are male….


Syrian Visits Riverside, Discusses Middle Eastern Life With Students

On Thursday, January 18, Mr. Osama Alomar visited Riverside High School to speak to Mrs. Boots’ World Cultures classes, Mrs. Frank’s English classes, and Mrs. Pinchot’s AP Journalism classes. His visit is thanks to a generous grant from the Riverside Community Education Foundation. Mrs. Boots’ World Cultures classes are completing a unit on the Middle East, so had plenty of questions for Mr. Alomar about his life in Syria, his opinion of President Assad, and his assessment of the violence in Syria. Mrs. Frank prepared her students by reading a non-fiction piece from the Pittsburgh City Paper (September 20, 2017)…


Beaver Falls Mansion For Sale, Featured on Facebook Page

Beaver Falls, PA- A charming early 19th Century home known as the Moltrup Steel Mansion, is for sale in Beaver Falls, and was featured on For The Love Of Old Houses Facebook page. The page, which nearly 1 million “likes,” features old homes, mansions and even castles from all over the world that are currently for sale – often for an incredibly low price. Often, as is the case with the Moltrup Steel Mansion, the homes are in need of some serious restoration. “The wood work is absolutely beautiful! It’s a shame to see a house that grand fall into…


GROUNDBREAKING – New ECF Office

Ellwood City, PA—Ellwood City Forge (ECF) is pleased to break ground today on a significant renovation and expansion of its office facilities. The Forge has been in continuous operation on its Ellwood City site for 108 years, since its founding in 1910, and continues to invest for another 100 years and more of manufacturing in Ellwood City. Having outgrown its vintage 1965 office building, which housed 18 offices, 14 workstations and one conference room, the company carefully considered its opportunities for expansion. With a site bounded by the Connoquenessing Creek to the North and constrained by the rail line to…