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Clubs, Others at BC3 Give $3,600 to Hurricane Victims

Students representing Butler County Community College clubs have donated to the American Red Cross $3,600, which a local board member says represents “a significant amount of money” to be used to help victims of recent hurricanes. BC3 nursing club members Mikayla Spreng, of Saxonburg, and Josh Cranmer, of Butler; and BC3 physical therapy assistant club members Jessica Palascak, of Cranberry Township, and Rachel Fisher, of Wolcott, N.Y., gave checks totaling $3,600 to Blessel on Oct. 9. “I am really impressed that the local community college folks have been able to come together to give us this,” said Blessel, a Butler…


Bernstine Announces Fall Town Hall Meeting Series

Continuing his efforts to stay in touch with the people who hired him to be their voice in Harrisburg, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced his second series of town hall meetings, which will take place around the 10th Legislative District this fall. The meeting locations and dates are: Koppel Borough (Beaver County) Town Hall – Monday, Oct. 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Koppel Volunteer Fire Department, located at 5525 5th Ave., Koppel. New Brighton Borough (Beaver County) Town Hall – Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Borough Building, located at 610 Third Ave.,…


Area Residents Warned to Stay Alert to Scammers

According to other news sources, a home in Shenango Township was robbed during what appeared to be a burglary scam. Reports state that last Thursday a man, described as a skinny white male with acne, driving a black SUV, went to the victim’s home in the area of Old Butler Road claiming to be an electric company worker. The victim asked the man for credentials that the man failed to provide, but he was still able to convince the victim to allow him access into the backyard to conduct a survey. During this time police believe a second person was…


United Fund Kick-Off Event

The Ellwood City United Fund is holding a “Get Acquainted Mixer” from 5pm to 7pm at Nico Luciano’s Cafe located at 324 Wampum Avenue, Ellwood City. Everyone is invited to attend, admission is free, free refreshments and appetizers will be available and there will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Please bring your friends and family for an enjoyable evening. Each agency will give a summary of services provided to Ellwood City residents and will be available for questions. The money raised is distributed to the agencies that serve the needs of the area and community. Agencies include: The…


BC3’s First Hospitality Forum to Cater to Job-Seeking Students

Like the mixing bowl of Hollandaise sauce warming atop a 3-quart pot of simmering water in her classroom demonstration, Jennifer Taylor’s students will pick up steam – in their preparation for employment by planning and leading Butler County Community College’s first Hospitality Management Panel Discussion. The Oct. 26 forum will provide students the opportunity to meet and query officials representing the restaurant, hotel, event planning, catering and tourism sectors that combined are expected to generate $840 million in revenue in Butler County this year, according to Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau. All industries that…


Ellwood City Area School District Negotiations Update

To provide the public with accurate information regarding the status and progress of the negotiations between the School District and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 32BJ (hereinafter referred to as “Union”), the Board is posting this Negotiations Update which summarizes the Board’s efforts to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Union. Since January 2017, the Board has attempted to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the District’s custodians, cafeteria employees, instructional assistants and clerical employees all of which are represented by the Union. The parties have held multiple negotiation sessions with little progress to date….


Renew and Revive Art Show

The details of the Renew and Revive Art Show taking place at Dayspring Gifts on 6th Street in Ellwood City have been finalized. The art show will consist of a variety of art from four local area artists, including local legend Woodrow Cowher, fantasy photographer and designer Cassandra Douglas, diverse painter Kate Hiser, and multi-skilled artist and designer Katie Keally. Each artist’s bio is below. The reception will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 7-9p.m. and will be open to the public. Poetry reading will be held this day. Complimentary food and dessert will be available. Although the entry…


Borough Residents to Receive Point and Pay Notice

Ellwood City Borough residents should soon be receiving notices in the mail regarding the Borough’s new online bill pay feature called Point and Pay, powered by Paydici. Since logins and auto payments will not be transferred from the old portal, residents will be sent an e-mail next month when the payment portal is live, prompting them to set up a new account. The Borough’s online bill pay has been suspended since May while updates were being made to the feature for better efficiency. “The Point and Pay system will provide greater accessibility for Borough Utility customers to satisfy utility bill…


Ellwood City Area Public Library Activities for Week of October 16, 2017

Activities scheduled at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: Monday, October 16, at 1:30 p.m. – Afternoon Book Discussion Group for Adults. The group will discuss the book, “One in a Million Boy,” by Monica Wood. New members are welcome, so call the library at 724-758-6458 for more information. Tuesday, October 17, at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. — Family Laptime, designed for babies as young as 6 months of age, toddlers and preschoolers. This fall session will be held weekly on Tuesdays. Featured are stories, songs, finger plays and more. Registration is requested, so call the…


Riverside Haunted Hayride Starts Tonight

The Riverside annual Haunted Hayride, sponsored by Riverside Outdoor Athletic Renovation (ROAR) starts tonight from 7-9p.m. The Haunted Hayride is one of several fundraisers conducted by ROAR throughout the year. Nearly 200 volunteers come together to create a fun event for the community, and over 1100 people enjoyed the experience. This year, Roar has had the assistance of a Riverside alumni, John Guerrini. He has been the mastermind behind many of tge scene of this year’s hayride. He created props and eerie creatures. His work can be found on his Facebook page called Omega FX. This year a walking trail…