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The company began construction on a new Chevrolet and Cadillac showroom nearly eleven months ago, and aims to finish by the end of September.
Located directly beside the McElwain’s Pontiac and Buick showroom on the 900 block of Lawrence Ave., the building acquired by the dealership failed to maintain an identity in recent years. Prior to McElwain’s purchase in 2011, the structure housed Jergel’s Rhythm Grille until 2010 and Bala’s Main Street Grille previous to that. McElwain’s classifies the showroom as an upgrade to its current location at 812 Beaver Ave.
“GM was going through a facility image upgrade. It was not required, but we did it. The community has been good to us and our families, and we want to provide a better facility for them,” said McElwain, who described the project as a “major investment.”
The new image includes 14,800 square feet of space, which also consists of a new service department. The company plans to hold a Grand Opening event in the near future, but no official date is current set.
Dom Viccari’s role as Borough Manager ended on Aug. 23, but his commitment to Ellwood City continues on through retirement. Viccari, 81, spent his first day of retirement with five other volunteers creating the first of two rain gardens in Ewing Park.
The initiative came to fruition due to a $113,600 best practices in storm management grant donated by the Department of Environmental Protection. Viccari’s perseverance made the project happen as he made several attempts to solicit the necessary funds.
“The park is very special to me…I have been trying [to get this grant] for three years,” Viccari said as he wielded a shovel.
Another volunteer, Katie Talley, specializes in the filtering process of rain water from the courts. Talley, an employee of ABS Materials in Wooster, Ohio, explained that the company engineered a solution to contaminated water.
“ABS created Biomix-Osorb, which captures the contaminants, such as oil and pesticides, from the tennis courts and promotes plant growth,” said Talley who started with ABS three months ago.
Lauren Anderson, the Resource Technician at the Lawrence County Conservation District, also took time to volunteer. Anderson discussed that the rain garden merely commenced a four-step operation set in place by the Department of Environmental Protection.
“There are four ‘deliverables’, or sections, and the rain gardens are the first. The other three are rain barrels, a kiosk, and signage,” said Anderson.
The current project, in conjunction with another rain garden, cost $29,000. Also, the usage of rain barrels supplied with a portion of the grant should aid in the overall project.
“There will be 50 rain barrels. The initial cost is $25, but if the [buyer] has it installed, the money is refunded. Water will run from the gutters into the barrels instead of onto the street. Then, a hose can be connected to it to water flowers,” said Vicarri.
Other volunteers included Linda Klobetanz of New Galilee, Joe McCraley and Sue Colavecchia, both from Ellwood City. In all, the team planted 1,030 plants.
For the full afternoon leading up to the annual Ellwood City Pie Festival clear skies and sunshine roamed much of the area, but come the 7:00pm showtime for the outdoor event held at Helling Stadium in Ewing Park dark skies and rain would win out.
Inclement weather forced many to scramble and heavy downpours after the Marching Blue Band completed their first song ultimately cancelled the rest of the event. Fall sports teams and players were not announced.
Much like the Ellwood City Pie Festival scheduled for Thursday evening, the annual Riverside Panther night was forced to cancel much of its scheduled event after heavy storms ripped through most of the area. The event started with players and families gathering around 5:30 but with the storm increasing the announcement of players set to begin at 7:00 was cancelled.
Panther Night is a annually scheduled event at Riverside Memorial Stadium introducing fall athletics and giving parents, students, and supporters a glimpse into the fall athletics season with entertainment provided by the RHS band.
EllwoodCity.org was present with live coverage at Lincoln High School’s Media Day last Thursday. We captured a photo of each varsity sports team alongside their coaches. Be sure to view our Senior Athlete Spotlights which feature one of the upperclassmen from each of the following teams, Part 1 and Part 2.
- Girls Golf
- Boys Golf
- Girls Tennis
- Cross Country
- Varsity Cheerleading
- Girls Volleyball
- Cheering, Football, & Band Seniors
The Riverside High School Marching Band held their annual Band Camp throughout the course of the past two weeks. The students, under the direction of David Withrow, worked on drills and music during their many long days of work. This year’s Drum Majors Baylee Hodder and Sean Evanick, will lead the Panthers through this coming football season. Fans can expect a series of heart-stopping performances throughout the year.
Riverside is set to begin school again on Monday, August 26. The Band will take the field for the first time when the Panthers take on the Beaver Falls Tigers for the first game of the regular season. You can catch their debut half-time show on Friday, August 30 at Riverside’s Stadium during the game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The 47th Annual Holy Redeemer Bazaar concluded Saturday evening, August 3, with a total of 34 raffle prizes given away at 10 p.m. The highlight of the Bazaar was the awarding of the “Summer Cash-Giveaway” totaling $15,000.00, given away via three $5,000.00 awards.
The lucky winners of the “Summer Cash-Giveaway” of $5,000.00 each were all local Ellwood City area residents. They were: Laurie Nocera, Vickie Koach and Tony Franze.
Musician and singer, Vic Rangel provided the entertainment Saturday evening in the “dining and entertainment tent”. The “dining and entertainment tent” was a huge hit each night at the Bazaar.
“The weather cooperated throughout the week and that resulted in a great turnout each night,” observed Bazaar steering Committee Member, Lou Ferrario.
Other weekend winners are as follows:
- Pittsburgh Sports Wear Basket – Bill Livingston
- Steelers Entertainment Basket – Jaret Gibbons
- Bath Ensemble Basket – Liz Pratt
- Luggage – Amy Santillo
- Child’s Basket (Boy) – Mary McCullar
- Child’s Basket (Girl) – Jaret Gibbons
- Religious Articles – Tammy Kitta
- Comforter Set – Saundra Gebhardt
- Penguins Paul Martin Jersey – Blanche Novak
- Pet Lover’s Basket – Donna Grzyb
- Christian Mothers’ Grocery Basket #1 – Donna Smith
- Christian Mothers’ Grocery Basket #2 – Constance Klobetanz
- Bath & Body Gift Basket – Rose Pietrocolla
- Nightly 50/50 – Pete Maietta
- Weekly 50/50 – Dave Smith
- Area Businesses Gift Card/Certificate Basket – Cheryl Rangel
- Giant Eagle $50 Gift Certificate Worker’s Prize – John Groblewski
- Loccisano’s $50 Gift Certificate Worker’s Prize – Anna Maria Barton
Providence Baptist Church’s Annual Carnival may be the only one in the state of Pennsylvania that actually gave male guests manicures. No need to put on those glasses, you read right – manicures. But as always, it was for a great cause. Now in it’s fifth year, the Carnival splits all proceeds from food, raffle, donations, and vendor donations between two local families struggling with health conditions.
Adriane Parks, thirty-one years old, is strongly battling stave IV pancreatic cancer as well as being a mother to five children. The Parks family has attended Providence Baptist for many generations. Also a new Lincoln High School student, Kaitlyn Francis, has been enduring cancer treatments for the last several years. The thirteen-year-old very recently received a bone marrow transplant.
Guests were able to enjoy free entertainment provided by the band, Seek Redemption. Face paintings, inflatables, and Party Rockers were definitely enjoyed by all those attending, both young and old. Each attendee also received a hot dog, drink, and popcorn as a complimentary meal. They were given a reusable grocery goodie bag full of coupons for local stores and vendors.
Although the most popular event of the day may just have been the MAN-i-CURE. All men and boys in attendance received total hand makeovers. Volunteers’ nails were painted different colors, raising awareness of the different types of cancer. Each male volunteered to showoff their new polish for an entire twenty-four hour period. What good sports they were!
Entrance to the Carnival was free. Guests were asked to bring a household product or non-perishable food item as a donation. A total of 500 items and over $100 in gift cards were collected that will be split between the Parks and Francis families. All in all, the Carnival raised $3,500 with donations still arriving. Chairperson, Carrie Froce, has her heart set on a $5,000 goal.
Vendors and businesses who participated in the Carnival are as follows: Tastefully Simple, Jenn’s Bows, Our Angels Gift Shoppe, Canadian Meds, Addie’s Attic, The Common Sense Candle Company, Pink Zebra, Premiere, Diamond Dance Academy, Tupperware, Chronic Illness Support Group, and Signs of the Times.
Businesses and families who donated for the Chinese auction and food are also as follows: Tastefully Simple by Jody, Jenn’s Bows, Ellwood Transit, Just Tu Tu Sweet, Tupperware by Linda, Chrissi’s Cleaning Service, Addie’s Attic, Face Painting by Nancy, Apologetix, Pink Zebra by Lori, La Isla, Our Angels Gift Shoppe, Plufgh’s Country Market, 5th Street Nail Salon, Ellwood McDonald’s, Scrapbook Super Station, Avon by Vonda, Amanda Bubb Photography, Signs of the Times, Blessings Unlimited by Sandra, the Common Sense Candle Company, The Red Barn Players, Marburger’s Dairy, Pittsburgh Penguins, Studio P, Soother Tan, Approved Toilet Rentals, Johnny’s Pizza, Red Hot, Pizza Joe’s, New Dimension Comics, Scentsy by Betsy, Steve Camp Heating and Cooling, Cookies and Candies by Christy, Nico’s, Living Treasures Animal Park, Chapel Valley Estates, and Doctor MacMurdo. The Carnival also received numerous anonymous donations.
The success of this carnival could not have happened without the help of North Sewickley Presbyterian Church, New Creations Youth Group, Inferno Youth Group, CWYC, and Holy Redeemer Parents Association. Their time and donations did not go unnoticed. Pictures from the fun-filled day can be seen below courtesy of Jody Weir.
The pepperoni puff wait is over! The Annual Holy Redeemer Parish Bazaar is back for their 47th consecutive year. The carnival will be held on Tuesday, July 30th through Saturday, August 3rd from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Holy Redeemer Parish and Catholic School.
Five nights full of food and fun are set to commence this evening for people of all ages. Rides such as a Merry-Go-Round and Swings will be brought to the Holy Redeemer School Grounds by Thomas Family Amusements out of Connellsville. Numerous games and prizes will be present provided by Fun Services in Jeanette.
Despite the twists and thrills of the many rides of the week, the most popular part of the Bazaar may just have to be the food. All of your favorites are here: puffs, shells & meatballs, pizza, fish sandwich, hot sausage sandwich, fried dough, and plenty more! The outdoor kitchen will open at 4:00 p.m. each evening for guests’ dinner convenience.
A BBQ Ribs Dinner will be offered Friday night and Lamb Dinner Saturday night for $10 a piece. A new Pierogi Booth will be featured in the food options as well as a Baked Goods Stand. There will be an entertainment/dining tent for those who would like to enjoy their food along with each evening’s musical group.
The entertainment schedule, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., is as follows:
- Tuesday – Franco’s Karaoke and DJ Service
- Wednesday – The Capri Band
- Thursday – RMS Trio
- Friday – Resistor
- Saturday – Vic Rangel
Nightly Attendance Awards will be drawn Tuesday through Friday, you must be present to win. The Grand Prize Drawings will be chosen at 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. A total of $15,000.00 will be given away. Three drawings each amounting to $5,000.00 will be picked. Each ticket is $1.00 and can be purchased on the Grounds.
Kay Bellissimo serves as Chairperson of the Annual Bazaar and has been giving her time for many years. She is helped by many other Church Volunteers including Laurie Nocera. Nocera has been a part of the Bazaar for the past ten years.
“This is not just for the Parish, it’s a huge community event,” Nocera commented. “People come from all over for great food and to work together. This is who we are as a Church, building the community together.”
If you are attending, parking will be available in the Parish parking lot. Space will also be available in the Lincoln High School parking lot across the street. Please be aware as well that 3rd Street off of Crescent Avenue will be closed due to rides. Ellwood City Police will be present each night.
Pictures from yesterday’s set-up can be seen below. More pictures from the 2013 Bazaar will follow throughout the course of the week.
The hockey arena is the first thing eyes fixate on as visitors pull their vehicles into Stiefel Park. Although sadly, the area was covered in a buildup of debris and weeds from previous months. The appearance of the arena and the reflection on the town raised many concerns among citizens.
A clean-up day was definitely much overdue in the Stiefel Park area. With the Rotary Club’s new restoration of the “Tot Lot” right beside the arena, something else had to be done. Earla Marshall, Kitchen Cabinet member, initiated the planning with Caleb Cragle, Randy Gatto, and the Ellwood City Borough.
Cragle manages and runs the Stiefel Dek Hockey league. Currently, there are fifteen different teams who regularly play at the arena. The age range of players is anywhere between thirteen and forty years old. Cragle was a hundred percent behind the clean-up.
“Doing this was a big thing,” Cragle said. “It just shows how much pride we have in our community.”
Bronson Allman and Kevin Boariu joined in the event alongside Cragle and Marshall. The Borough also offered three of their summer workers to lend a hand: Josh Guisler, Brett Pitrelli, and Josh Stewart. The super seven worked hard from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. under the day’s blazing sun. The group removed all debris, weeded, swept, emptied all trash cans, and got rid of non-usable cinder blocks.
“What a delight to see the newly renovated Rotary playground area and hockey arena as you now enter Stiefel Park,” Marshall said in an email.
Now that the area is clean, Cragle faces the challenge of keeping it that way. He plans on sending text messages to some of the players to raise awareness of the group’s day of hard work and informing them that he wants it to stay that way. He hopes that all the players, guests, and Borough will keep up with the arena by doing each of their parts in caring for it.
“This just really shows how a little bit of work can go a long way,” Cragle continued. “I hope the rest of Ellwood uses this as a catalyst to clean-up other areas around Ellwood City. This was a really good idea and I hope it continue to spread.”