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PHOTOS: Elementary Fitness Fun Day

Hartman and North Side Elementary Schools participated in “Fitness Fun Day” last Friday. The PTO sponsored event was a reward for the children’s hard work throughout the school year.

“Game Day” was a former tradition in the Ellwood City Area School District Elementary Schools for years before they were merged into grade-categorized schools. This is the first time since the fusion of the three schools that there has been such an event.

Fundraisers were key in making this day possible for the children. The students had the option to sell Sarris Candies or Yankee Candles if they so wished to help benefit the day of fun.

Kathleen McCommons, President of the PTO, was instrumental in making the day’s activities possible as well as with the help of over 250 parent volunteers over the course of the school year.

Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to rock climb, get their faces painted, sing karaoke, race on a jumbo obstacle course, play lawn games, participate in team-building challenges, bungee jump on trampolines and more.

Students rotated around the different stations with their classmates and breaked for an hour lunch. Despite the chilly weather, “Fitness Fun Day” made for an all around good time for students to relax and partake in fitness activities.

“I just hope the kids had a great day of fun and bonding with each other and their teachers,” said McClymonds.

Perry Elementary School will hold their own “Fitness Fun Day” on Friday, May 23.

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PHOTOS: Fifth Grade Walking Tour

Yesterday Ellwood City and Riverside fifth grade students participated in Ellwood walking tours. The program was created as a part of the Pride In Ellwood campaign by the Chamber of Commerce.

Nearly 260 fifth graders explored their town, making stops at some of the most important and interesting spots in their community. This included the Municipal Building, the Police Department, the Ellwood City Public Library, the Historical Society, Legion Park, the Community Plaza and more.

David DeCaria, President of the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce and member of the Ellwood City Council, was instrumental in the creation of the walking tour. He was able to combine the efforts of the chamber, council, Ellwood City Revitalization, and the Kitchen Cabinet to make yesterday’s event possible.

The children had the opportunity to meet and learn about the jobs of Ellwood City Council President Brad Ovial, Mayor Anthony Court, Borough Manager Bob Villella, and State Representative Jaret Gibbons.

“This is to help show the kids what they have in this town,” said DeCaria. “Ellwood has a lot of amenities and qualities that most communities our size don’t have.”

Also taking part in the program was Police Lieutenant Dave Kingston and Officer Michael McBride. The students had a ball pretending to be locked in the jail cells and playing with K-9 officer, Jozek.

First United Methodist and Christ Presbyterian Churches played a large role in the walking tours as well.

The ladies of First United Methodist taught the fifth graders all about quilting. They even had each child sign their name on a piece of fabric and plan to later create a quilt for both schools.

At Christ Presbyterian, John VanGorder was able to play the pipe organ and share his knowledge on the instrument with the eager students.

Veterans Leo Sicard and Stefanie Portugallo even took the time out of their days to share their military experiences with the children. Sicard served on the U.S.S. Iowa in the Navy for six years. He was also an aide to FDR. Portugallo served as a C-130 Aerovac-Medic in the Air Force for five years.

The day’s lessons were created in correlation with what the students have been learning about in their prospective schools and the idea of establishing ownership for the children in their town.

“The goal is to create a sense of pride in the kids, creating a greater chance for them to stay here after graduation,” said DeCaria.

The P.I.E. events will continue next week as well as local sixth grade students participate in “Ewing-Park-a-poluza”.

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PHOTOS: Riverside Crowns Guth and Tedys

“Tractor Day” was a thing of the past after Riverside High School juniors and seniors stepped out onto the Broadway-themed stage at Promenade Friday night. The students dazzled in their gowns and tuxedos as if they were ready for a night in the big city.

Speaking of shining, two senior students were selected by their peers to be named Riverside royalty. Queen Logan Guth and King Aaron Tedys stole the spotlight during the coronation ceremony following Grand March.

Crowning the winners were Homecoming Queen Sydney Weber and MORP King Abdul-Moeed Asad. Both Guth and Tedys were awarded crowns and flowers.

The prom festivities continued for the Panthers until the early hours of the morning at Shakespeare’s for food, music, dancing, and other activities.

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PHOTOS: Riverside High School Tractor Day

The start of Riverside’s Prom festivities officially kicked off when a student parade of tractors headed into the high school parking lot bright and early this morning. “Tractor Day” is the annual start to the prom weekend for all junior and senior students.

Over ten tractors participated in this Panther Nation tradition earlier before the cowboy hats and camouflage apparel will transform into tuxedos and gowns later tonight. Police escorts ensured the safety of all involved in this morning’s event.

Lobby doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and promenade will begin at 6:30 p.m. this evening in the Riverside High School Auditorium. Coronation of the Prom King and Queen will follow Grand March.

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PHOTOS: Fire & Ice theme on display at LHS prom

The 67th Annual Ellwood City After Prom Party was held at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Center on Friday evening with nearly 200 students from Lincoln High School.

5-2-14-EC-Prom_008The evening was under the direction of Bill Hrabosky who was the chairperson for this year’s event. The event included a variety of foods including chicken, gyros, pizza, an ice cream bar, and a variety of desserts. This year, the evening also included a chocolate fountain and candy bar for the guests. A breakfast buffet was served near the end of the evening.

Students were entertained throughout the evening with dancing, a photo booth which was provided by the Edythe and Joe Bellissimo Family Foundation, caricature drawings, and a hypnotist. Prizes were also awarded during the evening by Rick DeLoia and Tom Yoho, to the seniors.

Contributors of gifts and prizes for the evening were: Carnegie Science Center, Kimpel’s Jewelers, Good Wheels, Washington Wild Things, 7-11 of Ellwood City, McElwain Motors, Springfield Restaurant Group, Car Wash of Ellwod City, Fun Fore All, DelMar Golf Course, Wolverine Restaurant, Vinny’s Restaurant, Ellwood City Hospital, Nico Luciano’s, Barry’s Ice Cream, Johnny’s Pizza, and Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Shannon McClymonds took photos of the guests, and the nurse for the evening was Tammy Hawrylak.

The theme for the event was Fire and Ice. Jodi Damon was the chairperson for the decorations for the event. The decorations included elegant red and white decorations, including lighted center pieces and penguins made by Sallie Brandt. Tim Takacs added his own lighted decorations that he created for this year’s theme.

The Ellwood City After Prom was founded in 1948 by fraternal, veterans,and civic organizations of Ellwood City. The After Prom is provided free to all students from Lincoln High School.

The committee would like to thank the following patrons for their donations in assisting with the evening’s success. The patrons include Ellwood Area Education Association, Pipsqueaks Day Care, Dimeo Law Office, Ellwood City Wolves Club, Costco, S.O.I., Ellwood City Wolves Club, Franklin Takeout Beverage, Wilson Insurance Group, Perpetual Childhood, Good Wheels Inc., DeCaria’s on 5th, Anthony Lucarelli, CPA, Teolis Funeral Home, Jerry Cartwright, ESB Bank, Laurich Garage Doors, Rotary Club of Ellwood City, Dr. Brad Brown, Pizza Joe’s, Christy’s Restaurant, Dr. Robert MacMurdo, Ellwood Group Inc., Romar, Ellwood City Candy Company, Dr. David Spokane, National Grind, Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly, & George, H & S Gyros, Hungarian Home Women, Christ Presbyterian Church, Hair-n-Body Works, Ellwood City Transit, Fenechi Pool Services, Ellwood City Saxon Club, Clem’s Trailer Sales, New Dimension Comics, The Car Wash of Ellwood City, Red Hot Restaurant, Friends of Jaret Gibbons, Beth Hazen Insurance Agency, Dr. Galloway Family Eye Care, Barry’s Service Station, Eric Ryan Corp., Marshall Funeral Home, McDonald’s, Loccisano’s, Inmetco, Hungarian Home, Baseball Boosters, Armstrong Utilities, 7-11, King’s Family Restaurant, Save a Lot, Lions Club, T-Time, Fox and Fox, Posies by Patti, Medical Transport Inc., Moose Women Chapter 442, Karen Prembulak Nalco, and Tuscany Square Ristorante.


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PHOTOS: National Day of Prayer held in Plaza

Under cloudy skies and chilly conditions for May, community leaders and citizens joined hands on Thursday in celebrating National Day of Prayer at the Community Plaza on Lawrence Avenue.

National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May each year and oddly enough, the first Thursday in May 2014 was also the first day of the month.

On this holiday, it is common for many community members to join together to pray and meditate in front of courthouses, places of worships, or various other locations. Ellwood City was just one of the many towns across the country that participated in the holiday’s festivities.


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PHOTOS: Earth Day celebrated locally in Ewing Park

Ellwood City’s Annual Earth Day Celebration commenced Saturday in Ewing Park under beautiful and clear skies.  The celebration included about 30 educational exhibits, a Wild World of Animals show, and plenty of other exciting activities.

In addition tot he Wild World of Animals show, exiting exhibits included peanut butter pinecone bird feeders, new exhibitor Abender, a solar company based in Pittsburgh, and a Earth Day Art Contest that was brand new for 2014.

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PHOTOS: Early lead vanishes, Wolverines fall to Wildcats

Ellwood City saw its early lead vanish on a damp Tuesday afternoon in Ewing Park as the visiting Shenango Wildcats scored eight runs over the final five frames to pull away for a 8-3 road victory.

The Wolverines used a bases loaded walk and sacrifice fly to jump out to an early 2-0 and added another run in the second inning to press their lead to three runs, but a shaky performance on the mound allowed Shenango (6-6 overall) to battle back in the Section 5-AA contest.

The Wolverines pitching staff issued 10 walks and allowed nine hits to succumb to the Wildcat comeback.  Ellwood City also committed three errors on the afternoon.

Tanner Walsh and Anthony Joseph singled and Austin Richards collected a sacrifice fly for the Wolverines.  Dillon Horgan took the loss on the mound.

Ellwood City (7-7 overall, 4-5 Section 5-AA) next travels to Mohawk on Thursday afternoon.

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Ellwood City announces cheering squads for 2014-15 season

Ellwood City announced its cheering squads for the 2014-15 season on Monday.  A total of 45 students will represent Lincoln High School across its Varsity, Junior Varsity, and 7th/8th Grade cheering squads.  The Varsity cheering squad will be co-captained by Maddie DeLisio, Laiken Sesti, and Savannah Steilner.

LHS-Varsity-Squad2014-2015 Ellwood City Varsity Cheerleaders:

Front Row L-R: Emma DeSanzo, Celia DiCarlo Middle Row L-R: Megan O’Donnell, Maggie Prokovich, Erica Battaglia, Laiken Sesti (Co-Captain), Maddie DeLisio (Co-Captain), Savannah Steilner (Co-Captain), Morgan Meyers, Payton Kegel, Olivia Pigza, Abbey Dorer Back Row L-R: Erica Walley, Giana Rangel, Alyssa Myers, Valerie Shaffer, Michael Fenechi, Hannah Kauffman, Danielle Bodenschatz, Sophia Gagliano, Eisabella Miller, Coach Karen Steilner

LHS-Junior-Varsity-Squad2014-2015 Ellwood City Junior Varsity Cheerleaders:

Front Row L-R: Ashley Murin, Michaela Magnifico, Reagan Mittler, Dia Neupauer, Kaitlyn Horgan Back Row L-R: Taylor Hackett, Daija Durbin, Madi Pedaline, Neisa Carsele, Ashleigh Ionta, Hannah Kauffman, Danielle Bodenschatz, Sophia Gagliano, Eisabella Miller, Coach Karen Steilner

LHS-7th-8th-Grade-Squad2014-2015 Ellwood City 7th/8th Grade Cheerleaders:

Front Row L-R: Marissa Custozzo, Taylor Grove, Carly DeLoia, Makenzie Reisinger, Keelie Roth, Coach Brittany Vitale  Back Row L-R: Hannah Morini, Avory Elchison, Maura Agostinelli, Seriena Assalone, Morgan Falesnik

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PHOTOS: Barker, bats shine in victory for Lady Panthers

Riverside used a complete game performance by Brooke Barker and 14 hits by the offense to beat down Beaver Falls 8-1 in varsity softball action Saturday afternoon.

Barker allowed only six hits and one walk over her strong performance on the rubber for the Lady Panthers.  Barker struck out five Tigers on the afternoon.

Offensively, Riverside jumped out to an early 3-0 in the first inning as catcher Morgan Bailey connected on a 3-run double to put the Panthers on the board.

The lead stretched to 6-1 after three innings and Riverside put two more runs on the board in the sixth to secure the victory.

Natalie Pritts led the charge offensively for Riverside collecting three hits on the afternoon while Andie Zippman collected two doubles.

Riverside (6-1 overall) travel to tangle with the Tigers again Monday afternoon.

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