Human Interest

New Ice Cream Shop Teams Up with Windy Ridge Dairy

Two local residents, Scott and Caroline Golmic, have a vision for the old Blocher Jewelers building, located at 507 Lawrence Ave – to turn it into an ice cream parlor. Scott stated that after a long period of decision making, it was decided upon that an ice cream shop would be something that would not only benefit the local Ellwood community, but “bringing ice-cream back to Lawrence Avenue” is a dream the duo would like to pursue; and thus the idea for Sweet Caroline’s was born. They has been actively working toward making the vision a reality, even teaming up…


Cheerios Giving Away 100-Million Seeds to “Bring Back the Bees”

Have you noticed the iconic Buzz the Bee missing from one of the most popular cereal brands? Scientists are not the only ones worried about the declining bee population – the General Mills cereal brand, Cheerios, is doing their part to reverse the declining bee population with their #BringBacktheBees movement. Hundreds of bee species are heading toward extinction, and according to Honey Nut Cheerios’ promotional video, bees have been in decline since World War II.  “In 2015, 42 percent of the bee colonies in the United States collapsed, and with more than 30 percent of all General Mills ingredients dependent…


Lincoln High Graduate to Perform with Tamburitzans

After recently returning home from her Spring Break tour in Florida with the group, Lincoln High graduate, Alena Kucan prepares to perform with the Tamburitzans for their second presentation at Ellwood City’s Lincoln High School. The group, which formed nearly 80 years ago is a group-effort tradition consisting of an array of talented students who continually aw crowds with their unique and culturally diverse performances. Alena’s father Pete Kucan, described the show as “a two hour tour of Europe,” as the Tammies depict Europe’s eccentric culture through their costumes and performances. “People are always blown away after witnessing the show,”…


CCBC Named to Pennsylvania Business Centrak’s “Top 100 Organizations” List

Monaca, PA – Pennsylvania Business Central, a business and economic development publication that serves 23 counties throughout central Pennsylvania, has named Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) to its Top 100 Organizations List in recognition of the college’s contributions to community and economic development.  Pennsylvania Business Central solicits nominations from readers and consults with chambers of commerce to gather a pool of potential candidates for the Top 100 list of honorees. The newspaper’s editorial board ultimately selects the final 100. “It has always been Pennsylvania Business Central’s pleasure to welcome the new year by honoring 100 organizations in our readership…


Florida Company Promises Better Future for Ellwood City Hospital

The Ellwood City Hospital has changed many times since its official opening in 1910, but has only recently been struggling to keep the doors open over the past couple decades. The facilities is now looking forward to a brighter future after being sold to Americore Health LLC, a Florida based company specializing in acquiring and managing rural hospitals. CEO Carolyn Izzo stated that after other local hospitals obtained partnerships she knew that the Ellwood City Hospital would also benefit from a partnership. The hospital’s board of trustees reviewed five different proposals before finally committing the sale to Americore, in an…


PHOTO: Mayor Visits Ellwood City Early Learning Center

Mayor Anthony J. Court spent an enjoyable morning at the Ellwood City Early Learning Center reading to two groups of five year old children. Mayor Court sends a special thank you to the teachers Mrs. McCaslin and Mrs. Glass for allowing him to participate in the classroom, expressing what an enjoyable morning he had reading poetry. The Mayor also extends a special thank you to Mrs. Williams and Mrs. DeFiore and the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. Picture submitted.


Success with Style on Lawrence Avenue

If Stacy Houk could relive her first year in business; she would not change a thing. “When I opened my doors last Spring, I really did not know what to expect. My husband and I put so much into renovating this space that when customers saw us working and began inquiring before our opening day, I had no time to anticipate how busy I would be. We are really happy with renovation. I knew if I could get people to come in and see the place, they’d give my services a try.” Stacy’s beauty salon, L.A. Cuts, is playfully named…


Holy Redeemer Catholic School to Close: “Schools Are Now a Business”

Heavy emotions filled Holy Redeemer Catholic School’s lunchroom yesterday during the public meeting about the school’s unexpected closure. Sister JoAnne, the principal of Holy Redeemer Catholic School stated during the meeting that she believes schools are no longer what they once were – they are now businesses that rely on attending students to fund raise and due to the few students attending the school, funding is the main contributing factor to the schools termination. “Schools are now a business, no matter where your child will attend – be it public or private, fundraising will be a thing, and without children…


Prom Dreams Hosting 3rd Annual Free Prom Dress Giveaway

Prom is right around the corner and unfortunately many high school girls miss out on the once in a lifetime experience because of finances, and that’s why Prom Dreams in New Castle is hosting their 3rd annual free prom dress giveaway. Local girls who are in need of a prom dress are invited to the event, taking place at Feed My Sheep on Long Ave. in New Castle on March 25th. Official flyer below.


Local Gym Offers Everything To Get Your Body Ready for Summer

It’s Time Fitness is excited to be expanding their body enhancing services; while the company already offers a gym and salon to the community, they are adding a tanning salon to the list right in time for spring break. With no appointment needed, Big Time Tan will provide the option to utilize a variety of different tanning bed levels, HT42 for a duration of 11 minutes, HT54 for a duration of 10 minutes, HT60 for a duration of 8 minuets, and not 1 but 2 Hollywood Tan High Pressure Tanning beds that is 10 minutes maximum tan with 36 HP…