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SPOILER ALERT: House Tour Home Features Musical Theme

One of the Ellwood City Municipal Women House Tour homes, the Leavens household, located at 405 Pershing St., in Ellwood City, is the second home on the list to be decorated for the event. A common theme throughout the household is music; from music note ornaments to dancing Christmas characters, Lynn Leavens said that her late father is the inspiration to having musically themed decorations. “My father loved music, he used to play instruments and he’s been the inspiration for the musically themed decor. I feel like he’s not so far away when the house is decorated with constant reminders…

PHOTOS: Ten Adorn 30-Foot Christmas Tree with 5,000 Lights, 300 Ornaments

Members of the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce and others on Friday adorned a 30-foot blue spruce Christmas tree in the Community Plaza with 5,000 lights and 300 ornaments in preparation for Ellwood City’s “Let There Be Lights Weekend.” Raymond Santillo, the chamber’s executive director; Caroline Golmic, chamber president; and Jillian Court, chamber executive assistant; worked to decorate the tree donated by INMETCO, as did Ron Freehauf, of Ohioville; Russell Barge, of Wampum; Anthony Mazzant, of New Castle; Ellwood City residents Jen Eller, Ashley Smith and Ashley Jubach; and Shelley Collins, of Lynchburg, Va. “Let There Be Lights Weekend”…

PHOTOS: Halloween Contest Winners

We were finally able to meet with the Halloween Contest winners to give them their prizes! Again, congratulations to the winners and thanks again to all those who participated. Photos by staff at

PHOTOS: Ellwood City Man Donates Hair to Keep Mom’s Legacy Going

Bryan Linville is more than just a resident of Ellwood City, he is the son of a woman who lost her battle to ovarian cancer and a father to two children who he wants to inspire the same way his mother inspired him. “She worked with kids who had autism, she had a really kind heart and always wanted to help people,” he said. “I want to help kids in the same way she helped them and I want my own kids to remember me the way I remember her.” Linville’s mother was battling stage four ovarian cancer for almost…

SPOILER ALERT: House Tour Home Features Dr. Seuss Christmas Tree

One of the Ellwood City Municipal Women House Tour homes, the Bissell household, located at 3302 River Road in Ellwood City, is the first home on the list to be decorated for the event. Though the family still has a few decorations to finish putting up, the majority of work has been completed. From flamboyant nutcrackers to a surfin’ Santa, home owner Teresa Bissell stated that her favorite decoration is the Dr. Seuss tree. She has been collecting Dr. Seuss ornaments for several years and has plenty to show for her collection! A gallery of decorations is posted below. About…

PHOTOS: Christmas Decorations in Ewing Park

The Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet is wasting no time getting their decorations ready for the Let There Be Lights weekend on December 2. A small display has already been placed by the organization along with some other accenting decor along the roadside. We can’t wait to see all of the decorations! Check out the photos of what’s there now below: Last year’s decorations can be viewed here. Photos by Cassandra Douglas/

Old Photo Friday: Former U.S. Steel Employees With Names

This week’s Old Photo Friday, courtesy of the Ellwood City Historical Society, is a photo of the former U.S. Steel employees at the Tube Mill Woman’s Picnic reunion in Ewing Park circa 1977. Seated from left to right are Ida Schuster, Tillie Schuster, Edna Hill Schlemmer, Bessie Howell, Katherine Houk, Dorothy Custozzo. Standing from left to right is Mary Neghiu, Anna Young, Inez Miller, Ann Portugallo, Jospehine Liss, Stella Cini, Julie Dombeck and Betty Hunt.

PHOTOS: Holiday Scenes Painted by Art Students

Art students at Lincoln High spent yesterday’s school day painting holiday scenes on Lawrence Avenue and Fifth Street windows. More information about the event can be viewed by clicking here. Three of the participating students, Alex Schilling, Makena Hall, and Natalie Maine braved the cold weather and painted these beautiful designs on our windows at! More photos are posted on the Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet’s Facebook page.

VIDEO: Fifth Street Bridge Renovation

Watch the sparks fly as crews work to renovate the Fifth Street Bridge. Crews from Thornbury Inc of West Sunbury, Pa. are working to repair the deteriorating condition of the old railroad overpass, including removing and repairing concrete, removing calcium deposits, replace downspouts and reroute the storm sewers on Fifth, and redirect any ground water from plugged holes. After that, the crews will be replacing the entire sidewalk on the north side of the bridge, facing Lawrence, and erecting a 60-foot long, 6-foot tall chain link fence on top of the abutment. Work is expected to be completed Nov. 22.

Old Photo Friday: 1920’s Elks Officers

This week’s Old Photo Friday, courtesy of the Ellwood City Historical Society, is a photo of the early Elks Officers taken in the 1920’s. Look at that style! None of the names are listed. Do you know who any of these men are?