Human Interest

Free Apprenticeship Readiness Program for Students Set for February

Butler, PA- Butler County Community College will offer a free month-long apprenticeship readiness program employing a nationally recognized curriculum designed to prepare 16 participants for applications with Western Pennsylvania building and construction trade unions, according to Kathleen Strobel, BC3’s coordinator of business training. BC3’s apprenticeship readiness program, like that offered by three other Western Pennsylvania community colleges through May, is intended to assist those interested in the trades to successfully apply to and be accepted into tuition-free apprenticeship training programs with 16 unions and their partner contractors, Strobel said. BC3’s 150-hour program, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30…


Hockey Ticket Raffle Winner Announced

Mary Maceyko is the winner of the Ellwood City United Fund Hockey Ticket Raffle. The winning number was Pennsylvania Lottery Pick Two # 92, drawn the evening of December 18, 2018. The winner received 4 Pen Hockey tickets($500 value) for the February 27 game, plus $200 spending cash. Chip Campbell, chairman of the Hockey Ticket Raffle event said, “the raffle was a success, all 100 tickets were sold and the money received from the raffle will be added to the 2017-2018 campaign fund.” The money raised during the Ellwood City United Fund campaign will go to fund the service agencies…


Moisture Issue at North Side Primary

While the Ellwood City School District works to flush excess lead from some of the taps at each of the schools, they are also working to fix a moisture problem at North Side Primary. The official press release from the district states this fall the district became aware of a moisture issue at North Side. In response, the District hired a company to test moisture and air quality on three separate occasions in three rooms in the basement of the building. The first and second floors were not affected. The District implemented the recommendations made as a result of the…


Lead Analytical Results Show Exceedance at Ellwood City Schools

According to the official results of the first round of the Ellwood City Area School District Lead Sampling and Analytical Results in Water, each of the schools has at least one fountain containing an excess of lead in the water. At Perry Elementary, eight out of the 21 total tested water sources showed an exceedance of USEPA Action Level (0.015 mg/L). Northside Elementary had two water sources that tested over the standard amount, and Hartman had one. Lincoln High School had seven that tested over the exceedance and the stadium had three out of the total four show exceedance. The…


Old Photo Friday: Borough Property Nativity Scene

Although the photos are not very old, they are certainly a thing of the past after a Wisconsin-based anti-religion group threatened to sue the Borough of Ellwood City in 2011 if they didn’t take down the traditional nativity display, which has since been absent from the property. The group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, promotes nontheism and defends the constitutional separation between religion and government, their website states. The last year the nativity was standing on Borough property was in 2011, after the council members voted 4-2 in favor of removing the scene from municipal property beginning in 2012. A council…


Letter to The Editor: Ellwood City United Fund

A few days ago, I was sitting in the waiting room at a doctor’s office in Cranberry Township, where I saw a magazine that had articles about the Christmas season, giving in kindness and love, and trying to reach out to others with gifts that keep on giving. Every year the Ellwood City United Fund asks for the community’s generous support so we can continue to help our friends, neighbors and family members need. We know that it is at this time of year you are inundated with requests for donations. The magazine writers talked about giving of yourself and…


PHOTOS: Winter Wonderland in Ellwood City

You either love it or you hate it, but regardless of how you feel about the snow there’s no denying it has blanketed Ellwood City overnight. Last year during December we had hardly any snow and the average temperatures were in the 50’s and upwards. Despite this year’s snow, there are many townspeople out and about, some cleaning their cars off and others going in and out of the stores on Lawrence Avenue. EllwoodCity.org staff would like to remind everyone to exercise precaution, especially while driving, during the times of freezing weather and snow. Check out some photos of the…


PHOTOS: Gingerbread House Contest

If you haven’t seen the gingerbread houses made by the stylists at Shear Paradise Salon on Lawrence Avenue, you’re missing out! There are four gingerbread houses on display, each one designed completely by the stylists. The public gets to choose which house they like the best by casting their vote inside the salon, and the winner receives a gift card. Voting ends the Saturday before Christmas – get down there and cast your vote, you’ll know you’re at the right place when you see the darling Rudolf display in the window! Photos by Cassandra Douglas/Ellwoodcity.org


Last Week to Donate to The Hope House

The Ellwood City Hope House is accepting donations up until December 18, donations can be dropped off at the First Baptist Church of Ellwood City. If you’re unsure what to donate, here is a list provided by the organizers: Additionally, fake trees are needed to be donated as well. About the Hope House of Ellwood City The homeless shelter is specified to cater for the needs of full households, not just small households or individuals, which makes it unique to the tri-state county area. The shelter is a donated move-in ready house near the post office in Ellwood City and…


Will It Be A White Christmas in Ellwood?

Winter weather is in the forecast for the next several upcoming weeks – a complete change-up of last year’s weather around this time. Last year we experienced a good portion of December in temperatures upwards of 60-some degrees, with December 26th, 2016, holding a high temperature record of 62 degrees. Needless to say, there was no snow on Christmas Day last year in Ellwood City. This year, however, there is a chance of snow showers almost daily leading up to the Christmas weekend! While it’s possible for the forecast to change, it looks likely to be a white Christmas for…