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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…


Council: Questions Remain Regarding Civil Service Regulations

At Monday’s agenda setting meeting on November 9, the Ellwood City borough council discussed adopting amended civil service regulations at its regular meeting next Monday, Nov. 16. Borough solicitor Ed Leymarie mentioned that a specific requirement in the regulations could cause legal issues. The regulations, as they stand to be adopted, require prospective police officers to live within 25 miles of the borough. Leymarie said that council does not have authority to unilaterally make that a requirement and must first negotiate with the police union. He said there is substantial case law supporting a negotiation. Council responded by asking Leymarie…


Ellwood City Christmas Parade set for Dec. 5

The annual Ellwood City Christmas Parade will march down Lawrence Ave. Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Staging will take place in the Holy Redeemer School parking lot. Participants are encouraged to arrive before 2:45 and enter the lot at Crescent Ave. and Third St. Judging will take place during the parade. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should call Scott Golmic, Parade Director, at 724-816-0498. After the parade, families are invited to the opening night of Christmas in the Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Come visit with Santa Claus (starting at 5:30) and enjoy a free horse and…


Wampum Light Up the Town and Parade

Wampum Light Up the Town will feature a fireworks display this year! Mimi and Jerry Davis have long been supporters of the Wampum community and decided to make a special contribution this year by paying for the display and pyrotechnics of New Castle. The usual festivities and entertainment of Light Up the Town will be on Wampum’s Main Street and the fun begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 3rd. Two days later on Saturday Dec. 5th, Wampum’s 43rd Christmas Parade will wind its way through Wampum starting at 1 p.m. If you have never been to the Wampum Parade,…


Relay for Life Upcoming Events

Looking For A Few Good Persons As the Ellwood City Relay For Life starts its 2016 year, we are in search of individuals that are outstanding in working with the community to lead our committee to greater rewards than in years past. Even if you have just a few moments in your busy schedule, we could use your guidance and knowledge. Openings are in the areas of Chairperson, Sponsorship, Team recruitment, Chinese Auction, Logistics, and Survivors. You are invited to join us at our committee meetings to learn more about these openings and other places your service can be helpful…


Ellwood Chamber of Commerce Director Resigns

Lori Hilliard, the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, submitted her letter of resignation to the Chamber’s board on November 5. Hilliard cited spending more time with her parents and grandparents and having a job that will have a more flexible work schedule as reasons for her resignation. Her letter also served as her two weeks notice. “I regret having to leave the Chamber as the Executive Director, but my father suffers from health issues, and I need to be able to offer my parents more support on a regular basis,” Hilliard said. “In order to do that, I…


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…


Inmetco Fire Under Control

The fire that raged at Inmetco through Sunday and could be seen for miles is now under control. The Ellwood City Fire Department reported that the fire is reduced to a few isolated fires that are being extinguished now. Approximately half of the building where the fire broke out collapsed and is in ruin. The fire broke out on around 9 a.m. on Sunday in Inmetco’s West Building, which stores many types of batteries, including lithium-ion batteries. Because lithium is a reactive metal that combusts when it comes into contact with water, firefighters could not use water to combat certain…


Police: Marijuana on a Porch, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Stealing Wire from Railroad Tracks

Smoking Marijuana on Porch Krystal Chambers, 29, of Ellwood City, was charged with marijuana possession for an incident on Nov. 1. According to a criminal complaint filed on Nov. 2, an officer arrived at a residence on Glenn Avenue in response to a drug complaint. The officer immediately smelled marijuana but Chambers denied smoking and claimed her friends had done so earlier. The officer discovered a marijuana blunt in an ash tray, and Chambers denied it was hers. Eventually, Chambers admitted to smoking the blunt but denied having more marijuana. The officer then discovered more marijuana in a plastic bag…


Registration for Wampum Christmas Parade Treat Bags

Registration for Wampum Christmas Parade treat bags from Santa begins today. The treat bags, which Santa gives to the children immediately following the annual Wampum Area Christmas parade, are free for Wampum area residents and cost $7 per bag for non-residents. You must register and pay for treat bags in advance at the Wampum Municipal Building on Main Street Extension. Registration dates are: 6pm to 8pm Friday Nov. 6th& 10 am to noon Saturday Nov. 7th 6pm to 8pm Friday Nov 13th & 10am to noon Saturday Nov 14th 6pm to 8pm Friday Nov 20th& 10am to noon Saturday Nov…