Human Interest

In Your Home Senior Care

Caring for others has always been a lifelong passion for Eileen McKelvey. Her caring and concern for others that originally started with children has now expanded to caring for senior citizens. The personal gratitude that she has received while working with seniors was the inspiration to create her business, In Your Home Senior Care. Her business focuses on the non-medical needs of senior citizens, catering specifically to the elderly who have the ability to stay at home with their families. In your home senior care provides assistance with the daily needs of the senior, allowing family members the freedom to…


Pennsylvania American Water: Updates About Chromium-6 in Drinking Water

The following information was received from the Pennsylvania American Water Company in regards to yesterdays post about chromium-6 in Ellwood’s drinking water: At Pennsylvania American Water, we take water quality and safety very seriously. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection set water quality standards designed to protect public health and Pennsylvania American Water treats our customer’s drinking water to meet or surpass these standards, including those set for chromium. The USEPA does not have specific drinking water regulations for chromium-6, only total chromium, which includes consideration of the health effects due to chromium-6. Pennsylvania…


Updates on the Proposed Water Treatment Plant

About a month ago we brought a story to you about a former councilman asking council to oppose the new water treatment plant scheduled to be constructed in the near future. The plant is supposedly going to be supplying residents with water from the Connoquenessing Creek and Beaver River instead of where the water is currently supplied from, the Slippery Rock Creek. This has many people worried due to the Connoquenessing Creek being one of the dirtiest water sources in America. We asked Connie MacDonald, the council president, what could be done in favor of the former councilman’s pleads, however,…


Windy Ridge Dairy Trying to Breed Out Proteins that Cause Milk Intolerance

Windy Ridge Dairy is one of the most popular dairy stores in the Ellwood City area. The store rests at the edge of their 150 acre farm, mainly consisting of corn fields and their dairy producing cows. Lindsey, one of the store owners, said that they have roughly 80-90 cows, 40 of which are used as milk producers. They always have fresh milk for sale and at different times of the year they provide different varieties of milk and ice cream flavors. For the fall season their most popular flavor is pumpkin. Lindsey said that she wishes more people could…


The CVS that Caused the Destruction of One of Ellwood’s Oldest Buildings Is Scheduled to Open This Weekend

As many of you can most likely recall, EllwoodCity.org’s previous journalist, Jonathon Cortez, posted months earlier bringing almost constant updates about St. Agatha’s destruction in order to build a new CVS Pharmacy; he even wrote a lengthy opinion piece about his thoughts of it. He stated that he believed the destruction of St. Agatha was a mistake, mainly because it was one of the oldest buildings in Ellwood and it should be protected as such. He emphasized that there are other similar pharmacies in the area and a Rite Aid across the street from the proposed CVS, so it seemed…


Boy Scout Proposed Community Project to Council

Christopher Brant is a 17 year old Boy Scout member who attended last nights council meeting and bravely presented his proposed community project to council. Brant started by introducing himself, “My name is Christopher Brant and I am a Boy Scout of Troop 806 here in Ellwood City. I am currently a Life Scout and I am working towards my Eagle rank.” He then proceeded on with why he was seeking their approval for his project, “One of the requirements (to become an Eagle Scout) is to do a service project for my community. I would like to build a…


School Teaches Students About 9/11 With Service Dog

Ellwood City’s North Side Primary School has “service learning projects” scheduled throughout the year to teach the students about their community. Today at the primary school, Jessica Herr, an AmeriCorp worker, set up a service learning project to introduce the students to the tragic events that took place in New York City on September 11, 2001. To help make it a positive learning experience Herr introduced Melissa Parker, a rescue dog handler to the event. “Rather than introducing the kids in a scary fashion, we thought we center the conversation around the heroes involved in 9/11,” said Herr.  “We focused on emphasizing the…


Foreign Exchange Student Revisits Ellwood After 37 Years

John Magargee and his wife Janice are pleased to welcome Soh Ping Summers, a foreign exchange student they hosted in the year 1978 to 1979, back to Ellwood City after 37 years! Soh Ping was a student from Singapore, Malaysia who joined a foreign exchange program when she was 18 and attended Ellwood’s very own Riverside High School, where she graduated with the senior class in 1979. She is back to visit Ellwood, again being hosted by the Magargee’s, however this time she isn’t here for school and she comes accompanied by her Scottish husband and a lot of updates on…


Back to School: Flu Season

With the summer months coming to an end and flu season approaching fast, it’s important to remind our children how to avoid getting sick this year! There are some very common aliments that become prominent in schools specifically during the colder months; among the general population, the cold and flu are the most commonly contracted illnesses and are the least likely to be serious if properly treated. The flu and cold are both viruses and their symptoms are very similar, however the duration of the two and the severity of the symptoms is the main tale-tale sign between the two….


Beaver County Humane Society’s “Fall” In Love Event

This month the Beaver County Humane Society is having their “Fall” In Love event, promoting the adoption of available cats. Starting today and going through the end of September they will be offering cat and kitten adoption fees at half the normal price! View the official flyer below. For this event, they’re featuring two lovely cats who are currently available for adoption at the facility: Annabella- Breed: grey and white domestic short hair (cat) Gender: female Age: approx 2 years Been at the shelter since: October 9, 2015.   Gideon- Breed: black domestic short hair (cat) Gender: female Age: approx…