Human Interest

Ellwood City Woman Most Senior of BC3’s Largest Class Since 2000

(Butler, PA) An Ellwood City grandmother of three was the most senior of the 596 graduates in Butler County Community College’s Class of 2017. Kathie Potemra, 63, of Park Avenue, earned an associate of applied science degree in office administration-medical from BC3. She attended BC3 at Lawrence Crossing in New Castle, BC3’s main campus and took courses online. Potemra, BC3’s most senior graduate by 327 days, says “you can never get enough education.” The 1972 graduate of Shenango High School also earned an associate degree in information management from Youngstown State University in 1997. With her degree from BC3, Potemra…


Faith Fellowship Baptist Church Seeks Youth for Vacation Bible School

Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, located right besides Domino’s Pizza in Ellport, is currently seeking students for their vacation bible school (VBS) during June 12-14. There is no cost for the VBS and a light snack will be provided Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday there will be a pizza party. Bible study is centered around learning about Jesus Christ while having fun participating in games, making crafts,  and being with other children/teens. Details for parents: Upon initial drop off,  please stop in to register your child in order to document emergency contact information as well as any specific allergies, etc….


PHOTO: Mayor Presents Beautification Award

For the past six years, Mayor Court has presented to area residents a special “Beautification Award” sign along with a local restaurant gift certificate. This year the first Award went to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Loraine Buzzelli of Meadowridge Drive. The Buzzelli’s were nominated by an undisclosed resident who felt that the Buzzelli’s had spend considerable time and effort into making their home surroundings extra special. The second of six award winners will be presented soon and there are so many Ellwood City residents who are worthy to received this award and gift certificate.  If you feel that there…


PHOTOS: Two Local Seniors Receive Scholarship

Timothy A. Houk, a senior from Ellwood City, received a $500.00 scholarship courtesy of the Corona D’Italia Lodge #807 committee. Son of Tom and Lee Ann Houk, he is employed at the Log Cabin and also involved with the family business, he followed the academic course of study through high school and participated in boys basketball and the History Club and now plans to attend Slippery Rock University to study exercise science. Ian Patterson, a senior at Lincoln Park Performing Arts School also received at $500.00 scholarship from the organization. Son of Charles and Cheri Patterson, he is getting ready…


CCBC Appints Kolton Codner First Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs

Monaca, PA – At its recent “50 Shining Stars” Golden Gala and Dinner, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) President Chris Reber announced the appointment of Kolton R. Codner to the newly created position of Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs. In this role, Mr. Codner will oversee the first major gifts campaign in College history; lead CCBC’s long-term philanthropic growth; facilitate alumni, corporate and foundation relations; and work closely and collaboratively with the CCBC Foundation Board, campus constituents, and leaders and citizens throughout the region. Also announced at the Gala, Expanding Pathways – Achieving Success: The Campaign for…


RMU, CCBC Sign 13 Transfer Agreements for High-Tech Degree Programs

Pittsburgh, May 22, 2017 – Robert Morris University (RMU) and Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) are expanding their longstanding partnership to provide greater opportunities for Beaver County residents to earn four-year degrees in technology-related fields. The two institutions signed additional articulation agreements today for 13 CCBC associate degree programs that will transfer seamlessly to bachelor’s degree programs at RMU. That brings to 47 the total number of articulation agreements between CCBC and Robert Morris. The latest agreements focus on RMU’s cyber security, data analytics, and computer and information systems programs, reflecting the university’s growing prowess in these disciplines. “Pittsburgh…


Community College of Beaver County Appoints Two New Board Members to Foundation

Monaca, PA – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) today announced the appointment of Mark Elder and Harry F. Kunselman, Esq. to the CCBC Foundation Board of Directors. Comprised of volunteer business and community leaders who support the strategic plan and advancement of the College, the CCBC Foundation Board is charged with enhancing the educational environment and opportunities for students and faculty of CCBC. Mark Elder is the Executive Director of Midland’s Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (LPPAC). Elder is responsible for nurturing strong working relationships with artistic directors, staff, local and national partners, and the Board of Directors to…


6th Graders Participate in Array of Fun Activities at the Park-A-Palooza

The Chamber of Commerce held their annual Ewing Park-A-Palooza May 15 for all 6th graders from Hartman and Riverside. There were ten stations for the students to visit, designed to enhance the learning experience for the students in an alternative setting presented by volunteers. The students participate in several physical activities provided by the staff of Air Fitness that encourages team building and fitness. Bruce Badger meets them at the entrance to the walking trail and gives a presentation on what they will see there, how it got there and other interesting facts such as how the Connequenesing is an…


Ellwood City Wolves Club Presents Scholarships to Lincoln and Riverside High School Seniors

NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. –The Ellwood City Wolves Club Den II, through their scholarship program, continues to honor the achievements of outstanding Lincoln and Riverside High School seniors by encouraging them to pursue their dreams through higher education. At their annual scholarship dinner on May 21 at the Connoquenessing Country Club, the Wolves Club announced that nine Lincoln and Riverside seniors would receive a total of $9,500 to help fund their college education. The awards were presented by scholarship committee member Denny Boariu. Wolves Club president, Mike DeOtto said; “These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to…


United Fund Announces 20% Cut in Allotments to Service Agencies

The Ellwood City United Fund closed the 2017 campaign on January 31, and was $ 9358.00 short of its goal of $ 50,000.00. It was hoped that donations through the spring months would fill the gap created by the shortage of the campaign. This did not happen and it is now approaching the time for the first disbursement of funds to our service agencies. The first disbursement is planned for July 10, 2017. The agencies disbursement will be cut approximately 20% of the approved allotted funds. The United Fund agencies can expect to receive between $500.00 to $1000.00 less. Connie MacDonald,…