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Riverside junior Logan Sherdian led all scorers with 25 points and junior Zach Gould calmly sank late free throws to help the Riverside Panthers boys basketball team win their season opener Friday Night 59-56 over Beaver County Christian School.
The win placed the Panthers into their championship game of their hosted Riverside Shootout Tournament where they will face the Beaver Bobcats Saturday night.
Gould connected on three long range 3-pointers in the contest and finished with 17 points.
Wolverines drop season opener, 57-51
The Wolverines hosted an anticipated season opener Friday night as part of the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament. Ellwood entered the season without the aid of their leading scorer, Nick Aloi, who is out for the season with an injury, forcing the team to look elsewhere for scoring power.
The Wolverines faced an early 17-8 first quarter deficit to Laurel, but battled back to close the deficit to two points at halftime behind Tanner Walsh. Walsh scored a team-high 19 points over three quarters to try and aid a Wolverine comeback but the team fell short.
Sophomore Nick Ioanilli scratched double-digits (10 points) for the Wolverines in defeat. Ellwood City next plays Union in the consolation game of the tournament Saturday evening.
Riverside Panther Photos:
Wampum held its annual Light-Up Night on Thursday, as residents gathered in town’s streets to witness bright lights and awesome decorations.
Children and adults alike enjoyed the festivities that brought the Wampum community together to kick-off the holiday season.
Check out some of the photos showing residents who came out to show their pride and support for the efforts of a select few that made the event possible.
Don’t forget that Ellwood City’s Light-Up Night is tonight from 5PM to 8PM. More information here.
Local businesses prepared their holiday decorations, and Lincoln High School students filled empty spaces with beautifully drawn artwork. Also, borough employees connected the ever-popular snowflake lights to lamp poles, and dressed up the municipal building. Furthermore, several dedicated volunteers worked tirelessly to create a wonderland in Ewing Park.
Now, all of their efforts come full circle as Ellwood City’s Holiday Kick-Off Event, otherwise known as Light-Up Night, serves as the beginning to a three-week-long celebration of winter festivities. Area businesses collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce and Ellwood City Community Enrichment to provide the town with an opportunity to start the holiday season off right.
Chairman of the event, Tracey Fergusson, talked about the full slate of activities in store for community members and out-of-town visitors.
“Light-Up Night kicks off with Mayor Court’s announcement of the window award, which is given to the best decorated business window display in town,” Fergussion explained. “There will be local vendors on the street and in the City Centre Shoppes, and some very talented craft-makers who have an incredible sense of imagination. Also, there will be a lot of great food, as we will have food trucks and volunteer food providers.”
A shutdown of the 500 block of Lawrence Ave. begins at 5PM for the event, which centers around the community plaza. Along with the slew of vendors, several dance academies, including Studio P, Diamond Dance, and Dance Expressions, plan to provide entertainment. Also, Lincoln High School concert singers, coupled with the LHS Blue Band, will travel around town providing their own musical renditions of Christmas carols.
Executive Director of the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce, Terri Stramba, wants people to come and enjoy with the town has to offer.
“People should just come out and enjoy this amazing event. Most stores will stay open late, and the large array of entertainment will make for a great evening,” Stramba said. “It’s a perfect way to create a buzz within the town.”
The M.C. for the evening, Borough Manager Bob Villella, looks forward to participating in the community-driven occasion. He discussed some of the things he does to prepare for the holidays.
“I always get ready for Christmas by watching ‘A Christmas Carol.’ I love the idea of a town in the Dickens era that really supports the idea of community and the holidays,” Villella discussed. “I’m excited because we have another wonderful community event that brings people into our town. It truly is a community celebration…almost Dickens-esque.”
Several businesses plan on staying open past their normal hours and hosting holiday parties during Light-Up Night. Grand Paws plans to conduct a “Photos with Santa” event, while the City Centre invites visitors to enjoy the second annual “Holiday Extravaganza,” which starts at 4PM. Brooke Bartolomeo, coordinator of the City Centre Shoppes’ vendor show, explained the idea behind the event.
“We are coordinating this event to bring people into the downtown area. We want to bring business into Ellwood City,” Bartolomeo explained. “This is the second time we’ve hosted it, and last year we had a really good outcome. I am excited for this year.”
Unfortunately, a downside exists for this year’s Light-Up Night. Frolicking Frosty, the character involved with a city-wide scavenger hunt, will not be mobile as previously expected. Though, Stramba reassures everyone that Frosty intends on showing up.
“Frosty will make it to a place or two. The problem is that he is way too big to really move around. He stands upwards of 13 feet,” Stramba said. “He might not be making it all over town, but people can still see him at a couple of locations.”
The Holiday Kick-Off runs from 5PM to 8PM tonight.
The Lincoln High School Boys Basketball team kicks off its season Friday and Saturday at home as part of the 5th Annual Tip-Off Hoop Shoot.
Last year, the Wolverines won the Ellwood City Tip-Off Tournament behind the stellar performance of freshman guard Nick Aloi, who rounded off the weekend with 50 points. Unfortunately, the team dropped twelve consecutive games after that, and finished the season 3-18, and 0-14 in Section 2-AAA.
Aloi averaged over 15 points-per-game last season, but a season-ending injury puts tremendous pressure on the Wolverines in 2013/14.
Four teams participate in the tournament: Beaver Falls, Laurel, Union, and Ellwood City.
Beaver Falls finished 2012/13 as the state champions in AA with a remarkable 28-3 record.
The games begin on Dec. 6 at 6PM as Union faces off against Beaver Falls. Then, Ellwood City battles the Laurel Spartans at 8PM.
On Dec. 7, Union takes on Laurel at 6PM, and Ellwood City plays host to Beaver Falls at 8PM.
Tickets for the event with be sold at the door.
Adults: $8 for weekend pass, or $5 per night
Students: $3 for weekend pass, or $2 per night.
Click here for full information on Ellwood City’s 2013/14 basketball schedule, rosters, and team pictures.
The Rotary Club of Ellwood City met on Thursday, Nov. 21st, at the Connequenessing Country Club. President Jim Mason presided. Pete Kucan led the singing of “God bless America,” and Louise Carroll gave the blessing. Also, Kucan was jokemaster. The 50/50 drawing was administered by Ann Mason, and won by Dorothy Buquo. Mason also collected Happy Bucks for contribution to the many international projects of the Rotary Foundation.
In a special ceremony, Frank Martz was awarded a Paul Harris Plus One recognition pin. Members who contributed financial contributions exceeding $1000 to Rotary Club causes received the Paul Harris award. When the contribution is doubled, the donor is honored with a Plus One.
Theresa McShae, a certified handwriting analyst, conducted a program on her specialty. She analyzed the handwriting of a dozen Rotarians, and commended on their writing styles. Her analysis indicated each person’s determination, leadership, sense of humor efficiency, along with many other traits. She spoke about an instance in which a change in handwriting style over a period of nine years revealed a deterioration in mental health, which led to a murder.
The next meeting will be held on Dec. 5th at the County Club.
Grand Paws Pet Salon invites pet owners to bring their furry friends to its second annual “Photos with Santa” event on Friday, Dec. 6 at 523 Lawrence Ave.
“We did this last year to benefit Relay for Life, but this year we wanted to help the local humane societies,” said Kelly Fennell, co-owner of the business. “It is a lot of fun.”
On Tuesday, Fennell and her sister, co-owner Jessica Sommers, brought “Clark” into Danielle Morabito’s Sixth St. studio for test shots. The three-year-old Blue Healer wore a Santa hat, just like the beloved movie character whom Fennell named him after.
“We did name him after Clark Griswald,” Fennell explained. “I adopted him when he was six-months-old from the Butler County Humane Society.”
While the sisters plan to donate proceeds to local shelters, Morabito, the event photographer, also plans to donate part of her earnings to the Lawrence County Humane Society.
“They desperately need our help right now,” Morabito said. “The donations mean so much.”
Sommers and Fennell, both avid animal lovers, also encourage visitors to bring pet toys to their shop as part of a “Toys for Dogs” drive. Similar to “Toys for Tots,” the donated toys go to homeless dogs within the area.
“The toys can be new or gently used,” Fennell added. “Just as long as they are clean.”
While “Photos with Santa” benefits animals, children may also participate in the celebration.
“Any pet or child can come,” Sommers pointed out. “We will also have refreshments, crafts, and pet supplies for sale.”
The event runs from 4PM to 6PM during light-up night. Photos cost $12 for 5X7 shots.
For more information regarding “Photos with Santa,” or “Toys for Dogs,” please visit the Grand Paws Pet Salon Facebook page.
After ten years without a wrestling program, the Ellwood City team enters its third season after reformation.
The team, led by second-year coach Craig Albert, advanced seven wrestlers to the WPIAL playoffs last season. Also, Brad Grinnen, who finished the season at 31-9, took fourth place in the195lb weight class in playoff competition. Overall, the team finished 10-12 in 2012/13.
With nine letter players returning to the team this season, Alberts hopes to make an even stronger showing in 2013/14.
“We would love a winning record. We advanced seven kids from our section to the WPIAL playoff last years, [and] we would like to add a few more this year,” Alberts said. “Hopefully, [we can] get a few kids to advance to the regional playoff, and maybe states.”
Grinnen, who enters his senior year, nearly made a run to the state playoffs last season. This year, Alberts believes the ambitious star wrestler is poised to achieve that goal.
2013/14 LHS Wrestling Roster
JOHN BALDELLI Sr.
DONALD KERR Sr.
JORDAN LEMANSKI Sr.
RYAN LEWIS Sr.
BRYAN MCCARTHY Sr.
JOSHUA STEWART Sr.
BRADLEY GRINNEN Sr.
DAVID MCCARTHY Jr.
ANDREW SHORT Jr.
MICHAEL SINCLAIR Jr.
JACOB MAYLE Jr.
CHRISTIAN KERR So.
CARTER MACMURDO So.
ADAM FOREMAN So.
TYLER ALBERTS Fr.
ZACHARY POWER Fr.
CAMERON MCCOWIN So.
HEAD COACH -
Dec. 7 @ Hamptom “Dawg Duals” TBA
Dec. 11 @ Freedom 7PM
Dec. 16 v. Central Valley 7PM
Dec. 18 South Side 7PM
Dec. 27 & 28 @ Southmoreland Classic 9:30AM
Jan. 3 @ MAC Tournament 4:15PM
Jan. 4 @ MAC Tournament 10AM
Jan. 6 v. Beaver 7PM
Jan. 8 @ Burgettstown 7PM
Jan. 10 @ Slippery Rock Tournament 4PM
Jan. 11 @ Slippery Rock Tournament 9AM
Jan. 15 v. Laurel 7PM
Jan. 20 @ Blackhawk 7PM
Jan. 22 @ WPIAL Team Championships TBA
Jan. 27 v. Slippery Rock 7PM
Jan. 29 @ WPIAL Team Championships TBA
Jan. 30 v. West Middlesex
Feb. 6 v. Ambridge
Feb. 15 @ WPIAL Individual Finals TBA
Feb. 21 & 22 @ WPIAL Individual Championships TBA
Feb. 27 & 28 @ PIAA Southwest Regionals TBA
(Wampum, PA December 2, 2013) The Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas Board of Judges will step away from the gavel December 7th to judge entries in the 41ST Wampum Christmas Parade. Honorable Dominick Motto, President Judge and the Honorable Associate Judges Thomas Piccione and John W. Hodge will again take to the streets of Wampum Borough to help kick off the Christmas season as they compare the merits of nearly two-dozen homemade parade floats. Judge Craig Cox who helped out last year has another commitment that day. He commented, “I regret that I cannot attend this year. I enjoyed meeting and talking to so many people last year.”
Judge Motto commented that their experience last year judging the floats allowed them to meet the community they serve in a natural and relaxed setting. “It was good to be one on one with so many folks in a less formal setting than the Courthouse.”
Wampum Christmas Parade Chairperson Donna Kuiken is grateful for their contribution, “I know they are very busy men and I’m so touched that they take their personal time to help us . . . we truly enjoy having them, and I think they enjoy it too!”
If your organization would like to take part in the parade by entering a float, please call Ms. Kuiken at 724-535-8353 or Therese McShea at 724-758-5655.
In a continued effort to “spruce” up the town for the holiday season, several Lincoln High School students took to the streets under the supervision of councilwoman Judy Dici to paint multiple storefront windows.
The students, who take Paul Fec’s art class, seized the opportunity to take part in the beautification of Lawrence Ave. Dici, a substitute teacher at LHS, described the students’ response to the project as “remarkable.”
“This is the second year that we’ve done this. We decided to paint the empty storefronts to get the town ready for the holiday season. When I brought the idea to the students, they responded immediately,” Dici explained. “It was truly remarkable that they were so eager to take part in it.”
Dici approached the Chamber of Commerce last year with the idea, and Executive Director Terri Stramba happily supported the plan. In fact, the Chamber of Commerce sponsored lunch for the painters as a way to thank them for their time. Stramba discussed the importance of such a splendid collaborative project to the community, and to the students.
“It brings a sense of community pride, and it is a great civic lesson for the students because they get to interact with the business owners,” Stramba said. “The kids’ parents and grandparents will want to come and see the job they did. They can really take pride in their efforts.”
While some of the painting occurs on the windows of active businesses, most of the artwork appears on otherwise inconsequential storefront windows. The vibrant colors should enhance the overall look and feel of the town for light-up night, and the entire holiday season.
“Most of these buildings are empty, so we wanted to liven them up for the holidays,” Dici added. “I really want to commend the kids for the job they’re doing. I hope they all get the recognition they deserve.”
The painting project started at 8:30AM Tuesday morning, and continues on until 2PM.
Decorating for the holidays serves as one of the greatest annual traditions for hundreds upon thousands of families worldwide. During the winter months in Ellwood City, residents cover their homes with multicolor lights and fluffed wreaths as a way to celebrate the joyous season.
Each year, the Ellwood City Municipal Women’s Club finds houses rich with history within the borough limits, and selects them as part of its annual Holiday House Tour. The homeowners then decorate for the holiday season, and the club members conduct tours within the homes.
Four-year Municipal Club member and first year tour organizer Phyllis Conway explained how the group chose the best houses for the event, now in its 27th year of operation.
“First, we need to find people who are willing to show their homes. We choose several homes from a list of people who are interested, then we contact them during the summer. We then check the homes out, and if they seem interesting, we send a letter out to the homeowners asking if they’d like to be a part of the tour,” Conway said. “The homes that we picked have so much history. The people are so nice, and the homes are beautiful. This year, we have one that used to be a stagecoach stop/tavern.”
Conway, along with Civic Chairman Nancy Walton and Co-chair Nancy Fenton, worked together to create this year’s tour, which initially included four homes. But, due to extenuating circumstances, one recently backed out. Conway talked about the difficulty of keeping houses for the tour.
“The hardest part is getting the home. Some people need to back out for one reason or another. And, in this case, we already had the tickets printed,” Conway added. “We still have three amazing homes, which is great.”
A house might drop from the running one year, but may join the next year. Homeowners and participants Jim and Ann Mason joined the 2013 tour after they unfortunately had to turn the club down two years ago. This year, the couple recruited their daughter, Kelly Myers, to help decorate their Morningstar Drive home for the occasion. Ann Mason voiced her excitement in regards to the tour.
“I am very excited about it. I hope that everyone can come and enjoy the house,” Mason said. “My daughter was the main decorator, and she did an amazing job.”
“It will be a lot of fun to share Christmas with the neighbors,” Jim Mason added.
Municipal Women’s Club member Valerie Custozzo, along with her husband Dean, prepared their house for display this year as well. Custozzo, who joined the club three years ago, discussed her desire to participate.
“I always wanted to do this. It doesn’t hurt that I decorate…a lot. I have twelve trees,” Custozzo explained. “It is going to be nice to see people that I haven’t seen in a while when they come to the house.”
Decorations for each home on the tour hold special meaning, as owners typically showcase family heirlooms and other historical artifacts within their houses. The club members explain each piece’s significance during the presentations.
Ten local businesses also plan to participate in the house tour, as every one has an in-store special set for the day [list below]. National Grind coffee shop owner Bob Rivers talked about taking part in the festivities.
“We want to support the community, and this is a fun thing to do,” Rivers said. “We can warm people up on their tour of houses.”
Along the way, the tourists also get to venture out to Stramba Farm in Wampum. The 16-acre farm features 41 alpacas, along with several other animals for visitors to enjoy.
The one-day event occurs on Dec. 7 from 10AM to 3PM. Tickets for the house tour are $8 in advance, and $10 on-tour. The money collected goes to two funds: The Gazebo Fund, maintained by the Ellwood City Municipal Women’s Club; and, to a civic activities fund which gives money back the community.
Of note: The home of Ed and Denise Scala is no longer part of the tour. A sign will be at the house to remind visitors.
Businesses participating in house tour specials:
National Grind – 15% off selected items; MarketPlace on Main – 20% off selected items; Heart’s Desire Floral and Gifts – a special drawing; Perpetual Childhood – 20% selected items; Kimpel’s Jewelry – several in-store specials; Posies by Patti – a special drawing; Red Hot – a family special; The Color Center – a candy bar and Lucky Loser lottery drawing; Into Antiques and Mezzanine Cafe – serving lunch; Blocher Jewelers – a special drawing and holiday open house; and, Dambach’s Nursery – a cut-your-own-tree event from 8AM to 4:45PM. Dambach’s Nursery also donated a Christmas tree to the Gazebo.