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Sisters of the Second Amendment Welcomes Female Shooters

Seven Professional Women with Three Goals: Education, Preservation and Recreation. Sisters of the Second Amendment, the newest women’s shooting club in Western Pennsylvania, is now accepting members. The organization’s leaders have been planning the group’s shooting events and mission, which is to promote the rules of safe gun handling and ownership, to provide instruction and training for safe gun handling and ownership, to encourage women to develop their skills in gun handling and marksmanship, and to empower women in self-confidence and self-awareness. The women who have developed the club are all certified NRA Firearms instructors who wanted to share their…


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10th Anniversary Chef, Wine & Ale Event Offers Fine Wine, Specialty Beers, Gourmet Dining, Raffles & Over 100 Auction Items

For the tenth year in a row, the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Chef, Wine & Ale Event. This annual event features gourmet foods from at least fifteen local restaurants paired with wines from around the world. There will also be craft beers, a martini bar, gourmet coffees, and an array of desserts offered at the event scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Shakespeare’s Restaurant & Pub, 1495 Mercer Road, Ellwood City, PA. T“We are very grateful to our many sponsors, particularly this year’s Platinum Sponsor, WesBanco, who is continuing to…


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Local Racer Wins 2015 Kid Kart National Title

Hoyt Mohr, six years old of Chewton, recently raced in St. Louis, MO and was on top of his game, winning the 2015 Kid Kart Restricted Class National title. Mohr is a rookie at racing Go Karts but he is gaining experience every time he goes out on the track. Hoyt started his race career last year at his home track of Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum. He travels with his parents, Scott and Katie, and younger brother Chase to tracks in Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina and most recently Missouri as well as attending all race events at his…


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Medical Cannabis Round Table Discussion, Part 2

“I want to take the Wild West out of cannabis and bring it into a controlled, medical environment,” State Senator Mike Folmer said repeatedly during the medical marijuana round table last Thursday, an event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Folmer’s journey to become a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 3 was of a personal and educational nature. “I’m from a very conservative area,” Folmer said. “I’m a Bible-thumping Presbyterian, but when I learned about the research, I realized we’ve been lied to for 70 years about the cannabis plant.” The main purpose of the round table was to present the…


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Rain Holds Out for Carpenter’s Project

For a summer where it’s rained almost every day, the Ellwood City Carpenter’s Project has been extremely fortunate. This week has been mostly sunny and most of the rain has been in the evening, after the volunteers go home. In fact, in its 14 years, the Carpenter’s Project has never had a full day cancellation from rain, according to director Steve Miller. “I refuse to believe that’s a coincidence,” Miller said. The Carpenter’s Project is a volunteer annual project started and based at Calvin Presbyterian Church. The work crews repair the homes of those who are unable to do their…


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Ellwood City Post Office Renamed in Honor of Sgt. Leslie Sabo Jr.

Senator Bob Casey was the featured speaker at a ceremony on Monday to rename the Ellwood City Post Office in honor of Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. The rain held off during the sunny ceremony at 11:30 a.m. yesterday in front of the Post Office. Members of Sabo’s family, various politicians and Ellwood locals gathered around to hear several guest speakers. Sabo was killed in action in the Vietnam War and received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, for his actions during the Cambodian Campaign. On May 10, 1970, Sabo’s platoon was attacked…


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Application Allows Christians to Share Prayers, Inspirational Thoughts, and Greetings to Friends and Family Via Facebook

MIAMI, FLORIDA (May, 2015) – Two Ellwood natives, John Swisher and Joseph Bellissimo, co-founders of Pray Forward, Inc., are pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to the Share A Prayer product line with the Share A Prayer Facebook Desktop App. This stand-alone app comes on the heels of the initial launch of the Share A Prayer App which, by reaching several million in just a few months of operation, is widely considered to be “the fastest growing faith-based social media app.” The new Desktop app allows Christians all over the world to share prayers, inspirational thoughts and…


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Fresh Take Foods Shares Owner’s Love of Food and Community

Michael Dillow finds food brings out great conversation and brings people together. He’s been working in the food service industry his entire adult life and has recently opened Fresh Take Foods, located on 810 Second St. The take-out restaurant opened April 2, although it will celebrate a grand opening April 15. For now, it mostly serves pizza, although that will soon expand to pasta and chicken. The establishment is true to its name in that fresh sauce is made daily and two to three batches of dough are made daily. Dillow also orders only the freshest ingredient available. Dillow explained…


It’s Time Fitness Brings Full Facility Gym and Personal Training to Ellwood City

When Tony Joseph drove past the empty Walnut Ridge, he envisioned something more: a multi-service athletic facility. “When I walked into the building, I could see exactly what I wanted the rooms to become,” Joseph said. “I knew this was something I could provide to the community that we didn’t have.” That vision is now a reality. It’s Time Fitness provides conventional gym services such as a weight room and fitness class room, and additional amenities such as a salon, practice room for athletes, and a martial arts studio rented by Richard Lee Morris. The final part of Joseph’s goal,…


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Remembering Charlie Hogan (1983-1994) in the Best Way: Hockey

by Jonalyn Telesz The Lawrence County Lightning mites hockey team from Hess Ice Rink in New Castle traveled to Indiana, Pa. to compete in the 20th Annual Charlie Hogan Hockey Tournament on Feb. 7 and 8. The Charlie Hogan Tournament is a memorial for the late Charlie Hogan of the 1991-94 mite and squirt level PAHL Championship teams with the Indiana Youth Hockey Association. Charlie lost his life when he was only 10 years old. The tournament helps bring together young hockey players from all over the state to celebrate their love for this great sport and remember the life…