Human Interest

Annual Municipal Woman’s Club Christmas House Tour

The Ellwood City Municipal Woman’s Club 29th annual Christmas House Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Five houses in Ellwood and the surrounding area are featured. The tour, a holiday tradition, gives the community the opportunity to see different styles of homes and decorations. In addition, several local businesses will offer discounts for the tour. This year, the tour is in conjunction with several other fabulous community Christmas events, including the parade, “Light Up Night” and the opening of Christmas in the Park. Homes 2015 House Tour Ryan and Amanda Venezie- 651 Crabapple Lane Bob…


Local Author’s Major Publishing Debut Now in Print

Local Author Nancy Wallace has reached a frequently-aspired but seldom obtained pinnacle of achievement: publication of a novel by a major publishing house. Yesterday, her fantasy novel “Among Wolves” was released in print in the U.K. by HarperVoyager, the fantasy branch of Harper Collins. The book is available for purchase in the U.S. online. The e-book has been available since early summer. Wallace, the children’s director at the Ellwood City Area Public Library, has possibly been this area’s most prolific author, with over a dozen published children’s books. So why did someone who mostly works with children end up writing…


Halloween Contest Winners Receive Cash Prize

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Ellwoodcity.org Halloween contest! Brixton and Arianna Contino won the contest with 490 votes! The 3-year old twins captured the hearts of Facebook users with their Beetlejuice and Lydia costumes, from the 1988 film Beetlejuice. Emma and Shane Leavens, 4 and 3 years old, dressed as matching scarecrows and won second place with 425 votes. The winners visited the EllwoodCity.org office at the Color Center for their cash prize of $50! The prize was presented by staff member Eric Venezie. Photos were submitted by mothers Ang Contino and Ashley Leavens. Thank you everyone for…


Into the Woods: Q&A with Cast Members

This year’s Lincoln High School Musical presented a certain challenge for a conventional Ellwoodcity.org Q&A. The musical, “Into the Woods,” a Brother’s Grimm fairy tale medley, has no defined leads but instead features an extensive ensemble cast. Accordingly, the Q&A is presented in collective responses rather than individual sessions. Overall, the cast loved the diverse emotions the musical portrays. “It’s quirky and funny and the audience will love both the comic side and the serious parts,” junior Joey Cortez, who portrays the titular character in “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” said. Cortez is one of the veterans players, having participating in…


Katy’s Baked Goods Brings Cookies, Cakes, Fudge and More to Downtown

Although it was a summer in arriving, Katy’s Baked Goods is open for business at 429 Lawrence Ave. The establishment adds a bakery to the growing list of downtown businesses. Katy’s celebrated it’s grand opening with an Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 31. Katy Mook-McGrath, an Ellwood resident, has sold baked goods for years at the Farmer’s Market and at the urging of her customers, she decided to open a bakery. McGrath emphasizes small batch, home-style baking and makes nothing in mass quantity. She uses real ingredients, such as vanilla beans, real butter, and…


Special Guest at Eric Ryan Corporation Halloween Party Attracts Major News Outlet

An annual Halloween event at the Eric Ryan Corporation received extra attention due to a special guest. Every Halloween season, the Eric Ryan offices are decked out into a spooky labyrinth and employees don their best costumes. The children and grandchildren of employees are invited to an afternoon office Trick or Treat. This year, Trick or Treat featured a special guest: 8-year old Kyree Beachem, who has Hirschsprung’s disease, also known as short gut disease, which affects the intestinal tract. She needs liver, small bowel and pancreas transplants and is on the top of the transplant list at Pittsburgh Children’s…


From 2012: Mary Black: Fact, Fiction, or both?

Halloween is a time of year when ghost stories, folklores, and other scary tales begin to surface. In and around Lawrence County, one story seems to never lose its fascination. Mary Black, an alleged witch in Lawrence County during the 1800s, has been the antagonist of countless folklores since the 1950s. Her life, and the stories that accompany it, is constantly debated – but, is it fact, fiction, or perhaps a little of both. The answer is a little of both. Mary Johnson Black was born in 1801 in Ireland, married Andrew Black, and immigrated to western Pa. around 1832….


Richard Hogue Replenishment Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive on Monday, November 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Ellwood City Family Center on 311 College St, Ellwood City, PA. The blood drive is in honor of Richard Hogue. Visit centralbloodbank.org and click to make an appointment and search with group code Z0020906. You may also call Central Blood Bank at 1-866-DONORS-1. Central Blood Bank is the not for profit organization that supplies the blood products and transfusion-related services to more than 40 area hospitals in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. All participating donors will receive Central Blood Bank…


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Sixth Annual Oktoberfest Is Brewing

The Sixth Annual Oktoberfest is set for this Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 5:30 p.m. Last year, about 500 people showed up to enjoy over craft beers, homemade brews, music, food and games. This year, the event will take place rain or shine and will feature over 75 craft beers, in addition to beer brewed by locals. The event is sponsored by the Wolves, Rotary, and Lions Clubs. Pete’s Uptown Beer and Beverage distributor is the official beer sponsor. The event will be hosted at the Wolves Club shelter in Ewing Park. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25…


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Color Center Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Ellwood Community

A lot has changed in 20 years. Gas was $1.15 a gallon and a stamp was $.32, but for The Color Center it has always been business as usual. Opening its doors in 1995, The Color Center will celebrate its 20th Birthday tomorrow at the 2nd Annual Fall Fest by offering free cake to visitors and participating in the Soup Crawl. The cake will be made locally by Kimmels Bakery. The Color Center came into existence when Linda Gardner purchased Miller Printing on 226 Fifth Street. Back then, printing was a very different world. Digital printing was in its developing…