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PHOTOS: Brumbaugh air attack dismantles Panthers

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South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh tossed three first-half touchdowns and added a fourth touchdown pass in the second half to lead South Fayette (7-0)  to its 49-0 victory over Riverside (0-7, 0-5 MAC) Friday night.

The junior quarterback open up the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown pass to junior Connor Beck as South Fayette scored 28 first quarter points.  Brumbaugh finished with 247 yards of offense individually.

Marcel Cleckley led the Panthers with 28 yards on the ground, but the winless Panthers could not muster more than 50 yards of total offense as a team.  Riverside next travels to New Brighton for conference play Friday.

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Corbin’s Creations now open

After working for a chiropractor in insurance and billing for a while, Natasha (Corbin) Baur decided to follow her passion and open a craft store in Ellwood City.

Baur, 29, an Ellwood City resident, owns Corbin’s Creations on the corner of 5th Street and Spring Avenue  The location, which previously housed “Grand Paws” (now located on 523 Lawrence Avenue), sees plenty of foot traffic on one of the busiest corners in town.
Baur, who used to work craft shows, discussed her reasoning behind opening the store.

“I’ve always wanted to open my own craft store,” Baur said.  “So many new businesses are blossoming in town.  The borough is really doing a lot to bring business to the community.”

Corbin’s Creations provides a primitive, rustic environment to patrons.  The theme of the store, “country cabin,” affords buyers the opportunity to visualize the crafts in their own homes.  The brisk, welcoming aroma provided by the environment-friendly fall candles embraces customers upon entrance.

“Some of the crafts I make by myself, [and] others I buy from wholesalers,” Baur added.  “I get the candles from a woman who makes them in Ohio.  They are 100% soy.”

The shop’s grand opening occurs on the weekend of Nov. 1, when all stores in town plan to decorate their storefronts and stay open late for the public.  Baur, a BC3 and Erie Business Center graduate, hopes customers enjoy the crafts as much as she does.

“I want people to feel ‘at home’ when they come in.  It is such a warm, friendly environment.  It has a country-home feeling,” Baur happily exclaimed.

Corbin’s Creations operates on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on the first and third Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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Under the Streetlamp to perform

photoWestminster College Celebrity Series to Present Under the Streetlamp October 30.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College Celebrity Series will present Under the Streetlamp at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Orr Auditorium.

This quartet is composed of recent leading cast members of the smash hit Jersey Boys. The group delivers an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook; and bring their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to popular Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock `n´ Roll hits from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Four Seasons, and more.

The show is sponsored by First National Bank.

Tickets, starting at $33, are available from the Celebrity Series box office at 724-946-7354.  Visit for additional information.

About Westminster College …

Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as “Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” according to Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of “The Best 378 Colleges” by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President’s Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view “Advantage: Westminster” A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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PHOTOS: Riverside downs Neshannock on Senior Night

The Riverside Boys Soccer team (6-8-1) held on to defeat the Neshannock Lancers, 1-0, on Tuesday.

Senior Manuel Magallanes fittingly netted the loan goal during Senior Night at the four minute mark of the second half.  Goalie Kyle Robertson played in the field during the half, which proved a solid move by coach Ben Huth as he fed Magallanes the game-winning assist.

“[It was] a fun game for our seniors,” Huth said.

The team heads to New Brighton on Saturday for a 12:30 match against the Lions.

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PHOTOS: Ellwood City Oktoberfest 2013

The Ellwood City Wolves Club, Lions, and Rotary held Ellwood City’s 4th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Ewing Park.

As expected, the event saw a large turnout as locals and out-of-town travelers alike enjoyed the festivities.  Those in attendance participated in a cornhole tournament, and Pete’s Uptown Beverage provided a large pavilion of craft brew.

This year, approximately 600 people came to enjoy various foods, homemade root beer, live entertainment by D Major and the Dorals, and, for the first time, a classic car cruise.Also, coordinators conducted a Chinese auction.

Proceeds from Oktoberfest went towards scholarships for local high school students, the Ellwood City Public Library, and Christmas in the Park.


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Rectenwald Music School opens Nov. 1

Lincoln High School graduate Noah Rectenwald knows a thing or two about music.

Noah Rectenwald standing inside the Rectenwald Music School on Lawrence Ave.

Noah Rectenwald standing inside the Rectenwald Music School on Lawrence Ave.

The aspiring composer returned to Ellwood City three months ago after obtaining a Masters degree in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague in the Netherlands.  He also comes from a family comprised of gifted, accomplished musicians.  His parents, Jerry and Sandi Rectenwald, perform as a Christian music duo, while his three siblings all actively play multiple instruments.

Now, he aims to utilize his talents, advanced education, and passion to teach new musicians at Rectenwald Music School, which opens in less than one month.

Rectenwald heightened his musical prowess by mastering a multitude of instruments as a student.  He credited one of his first music teachers for providing necessary expansion opportunities.

“I have sort of my musical mentor, John McBurney.  He was my first bassoon teacher, and he took me in on piano when I was 15.  He helped me play music that I wanted to play.  He put me in his friend’s concerts every year in Cincinnati, and I performed in recitals with his other students.  He got me playing in everything on bassoon,” Rectenwald said.  “He [also] gave me lessons in trumpet, flute, and clarinet.  I took music theory classes with him, too.”

Rectenwald Music StoreThe 25-year-old music savant took his education to another level by also tackling saxophone, baritone horn, electric bass, and every woodwind instrument prior to graduating high school.  He plans to teach students everything from piano to classical guitar.  He attributes his own interest in guitar to his father’s “out-of-this-world” playing ability.

“He really didn’t teach me guitar, but we all learned guitar because of him, and just watching him.  He’s so good.  He said you can learn motions and scales, but everyone does that, so he just likes to play melodies,” Rectenwald explained.  “He really taught by example.”

According to Rectenwald music serves as much more than harmonious melody flowing through airwaves.  He believes it offers society several therapeutic benefits not found in other recreational or professional outlets.

Noah store“I am very vehement about the importance of music, really in the public life of people.  I would say it’s the best medicine that doesn’t come in a pill form.  I befriended lots of music therapists that use it to help soldiers with PTSD coming back from abroad for healing,” Rectenwald stated.  “It’s good for your mind and soul, and to me it’s a higher form of communication.  It’s my life.”

Rectenwald continues to make a name for himself as a musician and teacher.  The entrepreneur currently gives private guitar and piano lessons to five students.  He also plays organ at Oakmont United Methodist Church.

Rectenwald Music School opens for business on Nov. 1 at 429 Lawrence Ave., next to Taste of China restaurant.  Lessons rates start at $15 per half-hour.

For more information, or to set up a lesson, please contact Noah at 724-900-0167.

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VIDEO: Wolverines Rush Past Riverside

Ellwood City (3-2) amassed 661 yards on the ground Friday night in its 58-21 defeat of Riverside (0-5).  The Wolverines used six scoring plays of over 30 yards and were again headlined by running back Jared Meyers who rushed for over 200 yards.

Ellwood City stretched an uncomfortable 19-13 halftime lead out with 21 unanswered points, all courtesy of the run, in the third quarter.  The team boasted 1,611 yards rushing through the first five games this season, averaging 7.71 yards-per-carry.  During that stretch, the Wolverines attempted only 17 passes.

The Panthers put up three more points in the game than they scored all season.  Also, only 1:32 stood between the clubs in time of possession.  Though Riverside easily played its best game of the season, the team failed to stop Jared Myers, who for a second consecutive week rushed for three touchdowns.

Ellwood City, undefeated on the road, head to Mohawk (2-3) this week, while Riverside travels to Beaver (3-2) to battle the Bobcats.

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PHOTOS: Wolverines Ground Attack Explodes In Victory

The Ellwood City Wolverines used six scoring plays of over 30 yards in their Friday Night homecoming victory over Riverside.  The Wolverines rushed for over 600 yards as a team on the ground in the 58-21 conference rout, headlined by back Jared Meyers who, again, rushed for over 200 yards.

Ellwood City streched an uncomfortable 19-13 halftime lead out with 21 unanswered points , all courtesy of the run, in the third quarter. The Wolverines moved to 3-2 on the season while the Panthers remain winless at 0-5.


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Ellwood City hosts Riverside

r over 100 yards in defeat.

Jared Meyers has 499 yard rushing and three touchdowns in four games.

Tonight, the Ellwood City Fighting Wolverines (2-2)  host the Riverside Panthers (0-4) in a highly anticipated cross-town match-up at 7PM.

The Wolverines hope to put a good game together for the homecoming crowd, while the Panthers eagerly search for their first victory this season.  Ellwood City’s last home win came against Beaver Falls in a 31-28 shootout on Oct. 21, 2011.  Tonight, the team aims to continue its success on the ground as the rushing attack accumulated 950 yards and 12 touchdowns through the first four games.   The Panthers have 1,076 all-purpose yards this season in comparison.

Tedys leads team with 33 tackles this season

Tedys leads team with 33 tackles this season

Riverside must shut down senior quarterback Jared Meyers, who put up 499 yards on the ground thus far.  Meyers put up 196 yards and got to the end zone three times against Chartiers Valley last Friday in a 28-13 Wolverines victory.

Last week, the Panthers fell 42-6 to the Mohawk Warriors a week ago, and look to change their fortunes against Ellwood City.  Buried within the record is the outstanding play of senior captain Matt Tedys, who caught a touchdown last week, and also leads the team with 33 tackles.  Tedys also boasts a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal this season, and his presence at strong safety is necessary to keep the Wolverines out of the end zone.

The teams split their last two meetings.  Ellwood City defeated Riverside at Riverside Memorial Stadium, 42-28 last season, while the Panthers took Ellwood City down 14-7 two seasons ago at Helling Stadium.

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PHOTOS: PTO events a success at North Side

On Thursday, the Ellwood City Elementary PTO held simultaneous events at North Side elementary school.  Upstairs in the library, six volunteers conducted a book fair sponsored by Scholastic.  And, downstairs in the cafeteria, five more volunteers ran the first family fun night event as students and parents played BINGO.

The book fair consisted of roughly 1,000 books for children from kindergarten to sixth grade, with a small mix for preschool.  Contributing volunteer parents Jennifer Tomon and Danielle Woodhead maintained the cashier station, where buyers received free bracelets with purchase.  The book fair raises money for the ECE PTO while providing educational benefits for students.  Tomon discussed the importance of such an event for the PTO.

“Proceeds go to the ECE PTO, and they provide everything from field trips to holiday parties,” said Tomon, parent of an Ellwood City area second grader.

“This is our third year of volunteering,” Woodhead added. “The money is also used for school supplies, [such as] electric pencil sharpeners.”

Downstairs, the BINGO game gave families the opportunity to spend time together in a fun environment.  The PTO provided snacks and drinks, while students took turns running the BINGO wheel.  The first game took 23 numbers, called out by PTO member Mindy Wilson, who suggested that the game broke a record for length of time.  Elementary student Reece Wilson called out the first winning BINGO after hearing I-26 over the microphone.

Overall, over 40 participants arrived at the BINGO event, which proved a great success.

The book fair volunteers, during a two-day stretch, sold over $1900 worth of books.  The rewards from Scholastic comes in the form of books that each elementary library selects for its particular grade levels.

To sign up for  the next PTO event, or to check out more information about ECE PTO, please visit

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