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Old Photo Friday: Jail Removed

This week’s Old Photo Friday is a photo of Ellwood residents removing the jail after a court session in 1967. The official release states: Members of the first kangaroo court, from left to right, Bob Miskolcze, Dale Vinroe, Dom Viccari and Jim Beatrice, removed the jail after last night’s court session in front of the Municipal Building. The jail is seen minus its first three occupants, Bill Livingston, Robert Abbatichhio and Robert Kimpel. The jail is expected to house many offenders in the days ahead before the jubilee celebration. Photo provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.  


VIDEO: Family Rescued From Home Surrounded By Floodwaters

WPXI.com – Fire and rescue teams rushed to LouAnne Cornelius’s Beaver County home near Ellwood City Friday as floodwaters from the nearby Connoquenessing Creek crept closer. Earlier in the evening, WPXI reporter Mike Holden had posted a video of his commute to Ellwood City on Twitter and later stated he and his driver were parking in a local lot waiting for fire crews to respond to their next call. En route to Ellwood City. Big changeover. Rain has turned to ice. @WPXI pic.twitter.com/0Rwg7pjJNu — Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) January 12, 2018 Perhaps the rising levels of the Connoquenessing River and pending snowfall Friday…


Old Photo Friday: Circle Playground

This week’s Old Photo Friday is a photo of Circle Playground, taken in 1980. Not only is it interesting to see how much the playground has changed since then, but there is a news story attached with the photo: “A seven-story building to provide apartments for the elderly will replace the Circle Playground, shown here, if the developer, Neshannock Corp. of Arlington, Va., and the owner of the property, the Ellwood City Area School District come to terms on a purchase price. In the left background is the Robert Morabito home at 315 Fountain Ave. and at the extreme right…


PHOTOS: Ellwood City Notches Victory Over Rival Riverside

The Ellwood City Wolverines withstood a late comeback from rival Riverside Friday night, but held on and came out victorious with a 51-48 victory. In front of a capacity crowd at the Panther gymnasium, the Wolverines took a second quarter lead and never relinquished the lead through an fast-paced final quarter. Ellwood City saw its largest lead in the third quarter when an 11-0 scoring run – aided by eight Riverside turnovers – pushed their lead to 38-27. After the Panthers closed the score late, Wolverines guard Ricky Pitrelli made one of two free throws with 15.3 seconds left to close…


Old Photo Friday: Fashion

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is… fashion! Check out these photos, ranging in years from the early 1900’s to the 1960’s. Which fashionable decade would you like to see make a comeback? Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.


Old Photo Friday: Tornado Rips Through Ellwood in 1985

Do you remember when the tornado ripped through Ellwood City, causing damage to homes, businesses, landscape and automobiles in 1985? The tornado, which touched down Friday May 31st 1985, affected numerous businesses and residences surrounding Ellwood City in Big Beaver Borough, North Sewickley Township, Marion Township, and on into southern Butler County. Most notably, the Spotlight 88 drive in Movie Theater was devastated by the tornado. If you do, tell us about your experience and what you were doing at the time this happened! A gallery of photos below, provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society, shows the devastation the…


Old Photo Friday: 1989 Snowy Ellwood City

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is snowy Ellwood City in 1989. The date the photos were taken is listed as 12/15. These photos bring back a lot of memories for us here at the office, if they do the same for you please feel free to tell us below or on Facebook! We hope these photos get you in the holiday spirit, and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society


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…


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