Human Interest

The Top 10 Stories of 2016, Part 1

In following previous years’ tradition, EllwoodCity.org brings the calendar to a close with the top 10 most popular stories of 2016. Today is Part 1 in a 2-part series. We thank all our readers for contributing to our one million plus page views this year. Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2. The EllwoodCity.org staff wishes everyone a safe and happy 2017!   Pennsylvania American Water: Updates About Chromium-6 in Drinking Water Following the ongoing concern regarding the new water treatment plant scheduled to be built in the New Year, Pennsylvania American Water Company updated us on the…


A Non-White Christmas in Ellwood City

Santa’s reindeer might have a hard time sledding his sleigh through the snow in Ellwood for Christmas – since it appears there will likely be none. According to the weather forecast, high temperatures for the weekend are expected to be around 50 degrees, with lows around 32. The temperature on Monday may peak at a high of almost 60 degrees! Ellwoodians are not the only demographic experiencing higher-than-normal temperatures around Christmas, according to The Washington Post, the North Pole is alarmingly 36 degrees warmer than normal at this time of the year. Anyone anticipating snow for the holidays will have…


Say Hello to Hello Fitness

After lots of dreaming and dedication, Danny McConaughy, a fitness advocate and owner of Hello Fitness located at 214 Line Ave. in Ellwood, has excitedly opened up his dream business in November 2016 – a fitness center. Since Danny grew up with family members who were largely into fitness – specifically his grandma who was an Exercise Science Instructor at a South Carolina university – he felt as though it was his destiny to promote his passion of fitness and well-being. “My gram told me one time that nothing seems to matter if you don’t have your health, and I…


CCBC Appoints Industry Expert to Lead Process Technology Program and Adds Daytime Classes

Monaca, PA –Michael Martino, a CCBC alumnus and Hopewell Township native, has been appointed to a full-time process technology faculty and leadership position at Community College of Beaver County. Martino brings with him 40 years of experience in oil refining, including 25 years of process operations experience. With this new appointment, the College will be able to grow program enrollment by offering both day and evening cohorts while strengthening industry partnerships to help address current and future employment needs in the county. “After an extensive search, we are fortunate to welcome Professor Martino, with his wealth of experience, training expertise,…


Local Youth Receives Safe Step Tub

Santa came early to the Jones household, located in Ewing Park, this year. The Jolly Man himself and his helpers from the Safe Step Tub Company, a family owned Tennessee based establishment, came to deliver and install a very good boy’s Christmas gift – a Safe Step Tub. After suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis nearly his whole life, 12 year old Noah Jones, the son of Jaime and Torrey Jones, is hopeful to find a wholesome option for relief after receiving the generous donation from the Safe Step Tub company, courtesy of their Care program. “Safe Step Tub is a company…


Shortest Day of the Year

You’ve probably noticed the early sunsets, the late dawns, and perhaps even the low arch of the sun across the sky leading up to this date. That’s right – today is Winter Solstice, the shortest “day” of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere – not that the day is actually any shorter than 24 hours, but there is overall less daylight. For astronomers and scientists, Winter Solstice signals the official beginning of winter, however, the meteorological winter started three weeks ago at the beginning of December. Despite that the Earth is actually closet to the Sun in December…


Local Preschool Expands Offered Programs

Preschool is such a crucial learning opportunity for youth under five, that’s why it’s comforting to know one of the best and well organized early learning schools in the area is right here in Ellwood. After being founded decades ago, services offered through Lawrence County Community Action Partnership (LCCAP) are expanding at the Ellwood Early Learning Center located at 924 Crescent Avenue. While the preschool still specializes in learning programs for ages three to five, a little over a year ago the Ellwood Early Learning Center, part of the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, has started a new program called the…


Toys For Tots Benefit From BodyShop’s Kid Fit-Mas.

On December 4th, BodyShop Group Fitness held their Kid Fit-Mas event at their space in the Creekside Commons at 324 Wampum Ave. The event was attended by over 30 children from the ages of 1-10 years old. The owners of the fitness studio set up obstacle courses requiring the children to complete circuits of exercises including jumps, push-ups, crunches, hula hooping, running, and climbing. The event started off with warm-up, proceeded to a few rounds of the obstacle courses, and settled down with a cool-down and stretch before turning into an all-out dance party for the kids (and a few…


Select Medical Invests in Ellwood Health Care

With all the hear-say that the Ellwood Hospital may soon be closing, it’s comforting to know that medical companies are still investing in local practices. Centered inside the Creekside Commons lies a cozy physical therapy office known as NovaCare Rehabilitation. Formally Keystone Physical Therapy, NovaCare Rehabilitation is basically the same but different: after Select Medical took over Keystone in the spring, they have since changed more than just the name, introducing new management and proudly providing patients an even better physical therapy experience than ever before. Tony Sacerino, the appointed physical therapist at the Wampum Ave. location, says that the…


Cheapest Heating Sources

Not only is it the time of year to be concerned about heating, but with the recent Ellwood Electric situation many home owners are left wondering if their heating sources are saving them money -or costing them more. There are four main heat sources most commonly used by Pennsylvanians, these include oil, natural gas, electric, and propane. With information gathered from the Energy Information Administration today, heating oil is about .40 cents cheaper per gallon than propane in the North East regions of America. As of recent, propane is the most expensive heating source with oil following closely behind. Consequently,…