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Lead Analytical Results Show Exceedance at Ellwood City Schools

According to the official results of the first round of the Ellwood City Area School District Lead Sampling and Analytical Results in Water, each of the schools has at least one fountain containing an excess of lead in the water. At Perry Elementary, eight out of the 21 total tested water sources showed an exceedance of USEPA Action Level (0.015 mg/L). Northside Elementary had two water sources that tested over the standard amount, and Hartman had one. Lincoln High School had seven that tested over the exceedance and the stadium had three out of the total four show exceedance. The…


Are You Feeling SAD?

Have you been feeling unusually depressed since winter has started to roll in? Believe it or not, seasonal changes can affect your mood. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year, typically starting in fall and ending after winter, less commonly however, some people may experience SAD in the opposing seasons. While the exact cause of SAD isn’t specifically known, it is speculated that the lack of sunlight effects the mood portion of the brain that operates using the neurotransmitter serotonin…


2017: Predictably Bad Year for Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is spreading wildly across eastern America, with Pennsylvania leading the nation for the most reported cases. Last years numbers were a skyrocketing 12,000+ cases – almost half of the entire reported yearly cases in the USA and three times the amount of the runner up state, New York. Roughly 30,000 Lyme-positive cases were reported in 2016 nationwide, however the CDC warns that those number could be almost ten times the amount but haven’t been reported. This information was pulled directly from the CDC website: The tick population is spiking thanks to the warmer winters and earlier springs we’ve…