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ON LOCATION with Bigfoot: The Movie

Jared Show directing a member of the production crew during Monday's shoot

Jared Show directing a member of the production crew during Monday’s shoot

Director and actor Jared Show began filming Bigfoot: The Movie on Friday in Ellwood City.

On Monday, the cast and crew moved to Oak Grove Inn on Portersville Road for a daylong shoot. Show referred to the sequence of shots as the “big acting” scene for his character, Burl.

“Someone personal to Burl just passed away, and he believes Bigfoot killed him. This scene is where he decides to join the team in their hunt for Bigfoot,” Show explained while offering up a shot of iced tea.

The laid-back atmosphere on set allowed for several comical moments not caught on film. Co-stars Nate Magill and Curt Wootton joined in the scene as “Dale” and “Chuck,” two friends meeting their friend to comfort him at the bar. Between takes, Wootton, fully immersed in his role, sang Poison songs and talked about Steve Perry rejoining Journey. Also, Magill and Wootton shared multiple side conversations off-camera, and never broke character.

Both characters dressed up in accordance to their individual personalities thanks to costume designer Ricky Lyle. The West Virginia-native turned Californian talked about preparing the actors for the scene.

Curt Wootten, AKA "Chuck," walking behind the bar between scenes.

Curt Wootton, AKA “Chuck,” walking behind the bar between scenes.

“Chuck has his own sense of style. He is wearing a black denim tuxedo with brown boots because he just came from a funeral. Dale is an average dude with no real sense of style. His suit is a hand-me-down from his grandfather. Chuck also has a lot of ‘sleeveless surprises’ during the movie. Also, one of the characters pays homage to Ellwood City during this scene,” Lyle said. “But, I don’t want to reveal too much about that.”

Bigfoot: The Movie stocked up with local flavor. Jaime Jones, who works at Studio 175 Salon in the Lawrence Village Plaza and set hair stylist, got involved with the movie a few months ago when she made friends with Show. She discussed the excitement of working on a movie set, and preparing Wootten’s ‘business-in-the-front/party-in-the-back’ hairstyle.

“It is really neat. Ellwood is such a small town, and things like this don’t happen here. The first few days I was star-struck, but now I am good to go,” Jones said about her experience. “Chuck’s mullet was sort of done when it got to me, but I did cut it to blend in, then pinned it back.”

Jared Show looks on between scenes at the Oak Grove Inn

Jared Show looks on between scenes at the Oak Grove Inn

Aside from local help, Show also recruited friends and family members to help make the movie a reality. His cousin, set designer Sarah Smith, also assisted him in the trailer shoot. Smith’s father grew up in the Ellwood City area, though this marks only her second trip to the town. She discussed the rigors of creating a movie set, as well as the embracing nature of local residents and businesses.

“I was here a few years ago for the trailer, and I did hair, make-up, and set design. The big thing [about set design] is logos. We have to hide everything. Fortunately, we got permission from Yuengling, which is huge around here, to use the name. Also, we got our National Grind coffee and mugs,” Smith explained. “Everyone here is so accommodating. Whenever we need something, we just ask, and everyone jumps on board to help. That never happens in LA.”

Behind the scenes at the Oak Grove Inn

Behind the scenes at the Oak Grove Inn

The crew left the warmth of California just in time for the first true snow of the year in Pennsylvania. For some, the trip lasted only a few hours via plane. But, for assistant director Joel Wallis, who met Show during a film school internship, the trip took a little longer than anticipated. The Art Institute of California Los Angeles graduate, and Seattle native, sat alongside the director/creator/star during a cross-country drive to Ellwood City.

“It took about 42 hours. I flew from Seattle to LA. Then, we packed up Jared’s Prius, and drove all the way. We work well as a team,” Wallis explained. “This place is very relaxing and laid back. It is very close to where I’m from with all the land. I love dirt bikes, so I kind of just want to get out there and start riding on the trails.”

The initial trailer for Bigfoot: The Movie drew thousands of views online, but during a scene break, Show mentioned that a few things stand to change in the current production.

“A couple things change. The motivation is somewhat different, and a few different obstacles occur. The idea is to set up the comedy, and to be scary,” Show added. “It’s a comedy for most of the movie, but I hope that people are also scared when they’re not laughing.”

Everyone on set got to experience true-to-life aspects of Ellwood City, both with electrical and residential interruptions. The power failed multiple times during filming, and a few local patrons forewent the ‘closed’ sign on the door. One man claimed, “it’s OK, I’m over 21.”

After one day of filming at the Oak Grove, the cast and crew plan to move on to the Hazel Manor in the near future, as most visitors do.  Actress Joanie Dodds, set to arrive in Ellwood City within the week, will make her first appearance in that scene.

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Golden Agers honored

golden agers 2013 1 (2)The Golden Agers of the Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church were honored with a dinner on Sunday, November 10th.

Helping with the dinner were Kathy Newton, Carrie Young, Debby & David Caccia, Linda Cambio and Mark Durban,
Cindy Lokey, Kathy, Claire and Caryn Brandes.

In attendance were seated: Paul McConahy, Laura McConahy, Betty Freson, Betty Fontana, Mary Ann Gearhart,
Dottie Wallace, Frank Wallace and Mary Tincani.
Standing are: Jim Schlemmer, Betty Rice, Mary Jean Schlemmer, Ruth Kuntz, Marjory Ferrese, Peggy Campbell,
Louise Carroll, Walt Freson, Rosalie Blatchford, Joan Poholsky, Al Poholsky, Don Hairhoger,
Ed Tincani, the Rev, Bill King (interim pastor of Bell Memorial) John Stasick, Rose Marie Stasick and Pat Graham.

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POLICE: Meth lab uncovered in Franklin Twp

A Franklin Township man faces seven charges after police uncovered a methamphetamine lab at his residence Tuesday.

Police arrested Robert Wallace Lordo, 43, of 113 Broadway Ave., after the officers noticed a suspicious substance in a plastic bottle in plain sight on the property grounds.

According to the report, on Nov. 5, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a Franklin Township police officer noticed a fire in the front yard of the Broadway Ave. residence during a patrol.  The burning ordinance permits burning on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.

DSC_0446The officer walked up to the front door and noticed a strange odor coming that began to burn his eyes emitting from the residence.  He encountered a very nervous woman after knocking on the front door, and told her about the ordinance.  She agreed to put the fire out, and the officer left the premises.

At approximately 8 p.m., the officer returned to the location to check on the status of the illegal fire.  He observed that the woman again started a fire in the yard.  She met the officer outside and stated that she did not realize it started again.  The woman then went inside and got water to put the fire out, at which point the officer again smelled the odor from the previous visit.

The officer walked to his car to obtain a copy of the burning ordinance, and upon returning he noticed three plastic bottles lying on the ground near two propane tanks.  One bottle contained a white, hard substance.  The officer left the scene, then contacted his lieutenant about the suspicious odor and substance because several reports of methamphetamine  manufacturing in the area.

“It’s not something we see frequently in Franklin Township,” said Lt. Brian Speer of the Franklin Township Police Department.  “I told him I would contact someone I know who has experience in the matter.”

DSC_0450Lt. Speer contacted a state police trooper with experience in methamphetamine manufacturing.  The trooper met with two officers at the scene and questioned the woman about the bottles.  He then requested a search warrant, and along with the officers got everyone out of the trailer and secured the residence.

Four parties exited the home, including Lordo, who was wearing rubber gloves that covered his hands and most of his forearms.  The officers, who never entered the residence without a resident past beyond the front doorway, along with the state trooper, transferred the accused to the North Sewickley Police Station.

After interviewing all four parties, police found that only Lordo manufactured methamphetamine, but the other three all purchased Pseudo-ephedrine at some point for the operation.  The three all stated that they used the drug, but never paid for it because Lordo never asked for money.  They also stated that the accused never sold the drug.  Instead, he make it for personal use.

DSC_0447Police transported Lordo to the Franklin Township Police Department, and detained him until Pennsylvania State Police finished processing the crime scene.  At the scene, the investigators discovered cold packs of ammonium nitrate, syringes, aluminum foil, and pseudo-ephedrine.  The items mentioned are all common ingredients of manufacturing methamphetamine.  Also, police found three plastic bottles with suspected methamphetamine residue.

Lieutenant Brian Speer offered special thanks to all of the officers and troopers involved in the investigation.

“I want to thank Pennsylvania State Police, as well as the North Sewickley Police Department, for their help in taking down this operation,” Speer said.  “Their experience and support possibly helped us stop a catastrophe.  I am proud of our guys, and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

Lordo is being held at the Beaver County Jail with bail set at $25,000.  Due to the ongoing investigation, the names of the other three people involved are not available at this time.


  • Manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture of deliver
  • Operating a methamphetamine lab
  • Possession of Red Phosphorous with intent to manufacture controlled substance
  • Intentional possession of a controlled substance be a person who is not registered
  • Use/possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Knowingly possessing ephedrine
  • Recklessly endangering another person
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PHOTOS: End of an era, beginning of a new

Big Dawgs shut its doors for good in 2013 after over 13 years of serving Ellwood City.  The bar and grille, formerly located at 708 Lawrence Ave., continues to play host to a few pool leagues, but soon a new chapter will commence for the ever popular hangout spot.

After facing some liquor license challenges, owner Greg Ottaviani decided to sell the business to Alex Pagley, who plans to turn the establishment into a restaurant.

“I’ve known [Pagley] for a while, and we coached together.  I was just sort of worn out, and I told him I was putting the place up for sale,” Ottaviani said.  “It ran its course.”

No date exists for the restaurant opening, but a large renovation project is underway at the downtown location.  Currently, construction of a new dining area and bar are underway, with only a few workers on location, including Ottaviani.

“We hope to get a crew in here soon to help with some of the bigger projects, like the bar area.  It’s just us right now, so with a crew it will go up a lot quicker,” Ottaviani explained about the remodel.

Constructed in 1903, the building housed businesses such as McDowell Hotel and, most recently, Big Dawgs.

Few details currently exist about the new business.

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PHOTOS: Demolition of the old EC Ledger building

A quarter of the old Ellwood City Ledger building located at the corner of Ninth St. and Lawrence Ave., crumbled to pieces today in a continued effort to expand successful businesses in town.

This time, McElwain Motors, who recently transformed the neighboring building on the other side of its dealership into a showroom, plans to expand its lot space where the Ledger building once stood.

The building, erected in 1892, housed several companies, such as First National Bank and the Pittsburgh Company.

The Ellwood City Ledger, now located at the corner of Fifth St. and Lawrence Ave., ran its final publication in the building on April 15, 2012.

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SPOTLIGHT: The Wizard of Oz

Lincoln High School presents the Wizard of Oz on Nov. 15,16, & 17 at the LHS auditorium.  This weekly profile details the musical through the prospective of student actors/actresses.

This week’s profiles consist of the three characters that Dorothy meets on her journey that help her along the way: Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man.

  • Scarecrow – Joseph Cortez DSC_0397

As an eight-grader, Joey won a 2013 Henry Mancini Award for his role as Enjolras in Lincoln High School’s rendition of Les Miserables.  This year, the freshman tackles the important role of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.  His seeks the Wizard’s help in obtaining a brain.

What made you want to be the Scarecrow?
I like being funny without dry humor.  Scarecrow gives me that opportunity.

How are you and your character alike?
I am always the “stupid” funny one.  Also, we are both pretty clumsy, so it is almost meant to be.

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
Tin Man.  He was my favorite character when I was younger, because he always reminded me of a neat robot.

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
I really like the Jitterbug.  It is so fun to dance and move.  Also, I love acting “scared.”

In what other musical would you most like to play a role?
The Newsies, because it is the only other musical I’ve ever really watched.  I love the idea of protests, you know, the “we’re not taking this” mentality.

  • DSC_0389 Cowardly Lion – Michael Butchelli

The LHS senior portrayed Marius as part of last year’s award-winning cast of Les Miserables.  Michael began his musical career in The Wizard of Oz as a munchkin.  This year’s performance marks his seventh musical appearance.  As the Cowardly Lion, arguably the most popular role as per the cast, he must capture the fearful mentality of a courage-less character.

What made you want to be the Cowardly Lion?
I always liked the character.  When I was in first grade, as a munchkin, I always looked up the the Lion.  I am glad I get to play him.

How are you and your character alike?
I am really comfortable in this role, because we share personalities.  We are both funny, so, a comedic character seems perfect.

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
The Wizard, because it is a really cool role.  And, of course, I’d get to yell at people throughout the show.  He pretty much says, “if you’re not being scared, be scared.”

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
King of the Forest, or better known as “If I had courage.”  It is my big scene, and it is a lot of fun.  The audience should enjoy it.

In what other musical would you most like to play a role?
Phantom of the Opera.  It was one of my favorites growing up.

  • DSC_0391Tin Man – Patrick Freed

Patrick played Chief Sitting Bull in 2011’s Annie Get Your Gun, as well as the Bishop of Digne in last year’s Les Miserables.  Now, he portrays Tin Man, who seeks the Wizard’s assistance in obtaining a heart, in The Wizard of Oz.  

What made you want to be the Tin Man?
I auditioned, and they picked me.  It was pretty random.

How are you and your character alike?
Well, we are both very emotional.  And, like the Tin Man, I have a really big heart.

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
The Cowardly Lion.  I love his personality.  He is very animated, and a lot of fun.

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
My scene [Finding the Tin Man], because I get to showcase my dancing abilities and hit the high notes while singing.

In what other musical would you most like to play a role?
Sweeney Todd, because I love the music.  It is dark, yet very touching in a way.

Tickets are on sale now for “The Wizard of Oz.”

Adults: $12
Students: $10
Seniors: $10
Saturday Matinee Show: $6 all ages

Showings:Friday, Nov. 15 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – 2PM and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 – 2 p.m.

For more information, please call Lincoln High School at 724-752-1591 Ext. 3002.  Check out the full story here.

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VIDEO: “Meet The Candidate” night offers voters insight

On Wednesday, the Kitchen Cabinet and Lincoln High School Government Club hosted a “Meet the Ellwood City Borough Council Candidates Night” in the municipal building’s second floor auditorium giving voters one final chance to know their candidates prior to the Nov. 5 election.

Audience members participated by asking community-related questions that prompted real-time, honest answers from each applicant.

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Napleton brings a fresh perspective to Ellwood City

napletonOn Monday, the Napleton Auto Group acquired Kasing Auto located at 1000 Lawrence Ave.

The company began operations in 1931 by obtaining a small shop in Chicago.  Since then, they opened upwards of 50 dealerships throughout six states.

General Manager Pete Grinnell explained the importance behind purchasing Kasing.

“My brother Jay was married to Linda Kasing, and he worked there for 27 years.  It was the first car dealership I ever walked into when I was a kid,” Grinnell said.  “They did a really great job of taking care of local customers.”

The dealership changed hands from a family-owned company to another family-owned company.  For years, Kasing relied on that strong family atmosphere to provide down-home customer service to every patron.

The Napleton family, now under its fourth generation of ownership, also subscribes to those relationship-building values.  The owners of the new Ellwood City location share no blood relation with one another, but they do maintain somewhat of a kindred business partnership.

“The Napleton family is a two-family business.  My parter, Ed Napleton, and I have a great relationship.  It really feels like family,” Grinnell added.

The Kasings continue to have a hand in the car business, as Jerry Kasing, who spent 50 years with the dealership, plans to stay with Napleton.

Grinnell expressed his gratitude for the community demeanor in Ellwood City.  He also mentioned that McElwain Motors welcomed him with open arms.

“Everyone here is so friendly.  I walked over to McElwain Motors to introduce myself, and they were very welcoming.  I like a strong neighbor.  It will help bring a lot of business into Ellwood City,” Grinnell explained.  “We welcome the camaraderie.”

Napleton of Ellwood City plans to fill the lot with five times the current inventory, amounting to 200 total vehicles.  Also, the company beefed up advertising to reach outside of the Ellwood City area.  A recent email blast sent specials to 25,000 people who own either a Jeep, Dodge, or Ram within a 15-mile radius.

“We’re investing a lot more into advertising,” Grinnell said.  “We want to draw more people from outside of Ellwood City to buy their cars here.”

For more information on the new dealership, visit the website.

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PHOTOS: Perpetual Childhood brings Santa to town

20131030_113858Local children’s clothing store Perpetual Childhood revitalized the holiday spirit with its array of decorations in preparation for this weekend’s town-wide open house event.

Owners Lori Hannon and Laurie Debelak, along with store employee Cheryl Mcquiston spent the better part of the past week turning their store into a ‘winter wonderland’ for the arrival of a special guest.  On Saturday, Nov. 2, Perpetual Childhood invites parents and children to meet Santa Clause from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and again from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.  Hannon explained why she extended the invitation St. Nick.

“Christmas is for children, and, of course, it’s a children’s store.  I love to see the expression on their faces when they see Santa Clause,” Hannon said.  “The holiday season is about family and children.  It’s a magical time that brings people together.”

Hannon gathered decorations from her own house to make sure the store stood out on the 500 block of Lawrence Ave.  She mentioned that her husband, Sean, figured Christmas moved to a different location this year.

“While I was taking the decorations from home, my husband asked if there were any left for the house,” Hannon added.  “I love to decorate for the holidays.”

Along with Santa’s appearance, the store plans to discount merchandise throughout the day, raffle items, and give away door buster prizes.  Also, hallway sales occur while people wait in line.

The upcoming months breath new life into the community, and Debelak appreciates the kinder, more giving nature of people during the season.

“I like the energetic atmosphere this time of year.  People are genuinely happy,” Debelak said.  “It’s just a great time of year for almost everyone.”

The store hours change on both Friday Nov. 1 and Saturday to coincide with other stores remaining open later.  The doors open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. both days.

Pictures with Santa cost $6 per person, and proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital.



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Committee Planning On a “Green” Christmas

B Villella S Pawlowski (2)October 28, 2013 (Ellwood City, PA) – It may or may not be a white Christmas this year, but for the Borough of Ellwood City, it will have a distinctly green tint – green as in environmentally friendly. The Borough is re-purposing its retired downtown lighted Christmas swags by lending them to the 2013 Christmas In the Park Committee to establish a “Christmas Tree Lane” as part of the annual Ewing Park display. Many of the swags have been retrofitted with LED lights and the Committee will refresh the existing bows.

“I am very pleased we are recycling the old decorations. They were no longer appropriate for the our main business district, but our Borough staff took very good care of them and they will be a perfect addition to the Ewing Park display,” commented Borough Manager Bob Villella

The Christmas In The Park Committee is happy to receive them. “Every year we want to add more displays,” long time volunteer Sam Pawlowski explained, “and these will make our entrance area stand out.”

At the urging of the Borough, the Committee has been phasing in LED lights for several years and eventually the entire drive-through display will be lighted with environmentally friendly LED bulbs. This effort will lower electric costs and will greatly reduce the need for replacement bulbs since LED bulbs have significantly longer usability. Pawlowski is pleased about the switch to LED. When he flips the switch to light up Ewing Park on December 7th, he will be illuminating an additional 200 strands of lights, more than one hundred of the Borough’s pole-mounted displays, as well as several new animated displays.

“That is a lot of bulbs to check! The more LED we have, the better,” Pawlowski added.

Weather permitting, Christmas in the Park will open nightly at 6 pm from December 7th through 29th except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Santa will be available for visitors at Trefoil Lodge on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 pm – 9 pm. Contact the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce for information.

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