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What’s Open for Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, prompting many government agencies and court systems to observe the holiday today, November 10. Here are the openings and closings you can expect: Banks: The vast majority of banks, such as the Big Four — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citibank — should be open today and will be closed on Saturday. Post offices: Post offices are open today but closed Saturday. Mail pickup and delivery are on the same schedule. Libraries: Most public libraries are closed on Saturday and some may be closed today. Federal offices: Non-essential federal…


Old Photo Friday: 1980’s Business Openings

This week’s Old Photo Friday theme is Business Openings – old businesses, that is! The following photos were taken at the then new Franklin Township Plaza. At the time these were the original businesses setting up shop in the plaza! Each photo is captioned with the year, business and a brief description. Do you know what current businesses took their places? Photos provided by the Ellwood City Historical Society.


Ellwood City School Board Regular Meeting Recap

With the newly elected board members among those in attendance, the Ellwood City School Board conducted its regular meeting and schedule of business Thursday night. Beyond the scheduled topics discussed, Kathy McCommons, Barb Wilson and Norm Boots all spoke briefly to the audience and board while Kathy Pansera, who did not win her seat back during Tuesday’s election, read a statement centered around the outsourcing subject. “I ask the union to please negotiate and remember the students and the community that they serve,” Pansera said. “I hope and pray that the union will choose to negotiate in good faith and…


Ellwood City Area Historical Society: Some Gave All

This is the second of four releases presented by the Ellwood City Historical Society concerning the “We Can Do It!”, exhibit to be held at the History Center, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City. SOME GAVE ALL It was a recognition you didn’t want but it was a solemn honor you received with great dignity.   Dread accompanied your initiation, but once you were a member, nothing could dissuade you from the reverent pride in being a part of this special group.  The usual notification occurred by a letter or telegram from the War Department that someone you cherished was KIA (Killed-In-Action)…


Public Invited to Union Employee Press Conference Tonight

The following press release was submitted: Ellwood City, PA – Ellwood City School’s blue-collar union employees, members of 32BJ SEIU, will set the record straight on stalled negotiations with the School Board on Thursday, November 9 at 6:45 p.m. outside of Lincoln High School. The District’s longtime custodians and food service workers have been in talks for a new contract with the Board since March. The Board announced this spring it would consider outsourcing the 80 workers’ jobs and began to take contractor proposals. In an effort to help the Board find a solution, the Union submitted its own cost-saving…


Request for Proposals for Lawrence Avenue Lots

Notice is hereby given that Ellwood City Revitalization (ECR) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of 509 / 511 Lawrence Avenue (Parcel lD #12-016800) and 513 / 515 Lawrence Avenue (Parcel lD #12-005300). These are two contiguous lots in Ellwood City’s downtown. Through the RFP, ECR is seeking to select a qualified developer that will redevelop the property in a manner consistent with the Borough’s current zoning ordinance and specifically C-3 Downtown Commercial District Regulations – Pedestrian Dominant uses. In addition, the proposed design must follow the Central Business District Guidelines by Town Center Associates. The…


Meet the Cast Part 2: Little Woman

This is the second and final part to Lincoln High’s Meet the Cast of Little Woman. View the first one here. The musical will be premiering this Friday at 7p.m. at Lincoln High School.   Tanner Tomak as Laurie Year: Freshman Been in musicals since: This is my 3rd year in musicals. Will you be singing: Yes. What interested you in this role: I liked that it wasn’t a major role to start off. What is unique about your costume(s): There’s a lot of sweaters! Favorite song: 5 Forever because its upbeat and happy. What have you done to prepare:…


Ellwood City Area Historical Society: On the Eve of Destruction

This is the first of four releases presented by the Ellwood City Historical Society concerning the “We Can Do It!”, exhibit to be held at the History Center, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City. ON THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION The local newspaper featured a cartoon Santa warning readers that there were only 15 shopping days left before Christmas.  In what may have been an omen of global warming, the high temperature the day before had reached a balmy 62 degrees, so this reminder of the approaching holiday may have seemed mistaken to the locals who, nonetheless, went about their business as…


Flood Warnings

Flood warnings have been issued for the following local counties: Beaver County, southern Lawrence County,  southwestern Butler County, and northwestern Allegheny County. According to eye witness reports, parts of Brush Creek Park are flooded. A strong rise is occurring on the Connoquenessing Creek in Zelienople, and the creek may rise out of its banks later this morning.


Ellwood City Moose Christmas Fair

The Ellwood City Moose, 1400 Factory Ave. will be having a Christmas Fair on Sunday December 3rd from 10am – 3pm. This is the first year the Moose is having the event, which will be open to the public and will feature local vendors of all kinds, Christmas crafters, a concession stand, food and bake sale, and a Chinese auction. There will be 18-20 hand crafters, wreathes, hand painted bottles, leather, and others. There will also be consultants like Luluroe, health and beauty, nail art, Tupperware and others. Each vendor is donating a prize to the Chinese auction. All money…