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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.

Read original article: http://news.ellwoodcity.org/2013/10/30/meet-the-candidates-affords-community-rare-opportunity/

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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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Chamber keeping members informed

October 24, 2013 (Ellwood City, PA) The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an educational forum yesterday for area business leaders. The presentation, “Affordable Care Act: It’s Impact on Employers” was part of Legislative Committee’s ongoing effort to facilitate members access to information pertinent to their business or our local economy.

Therese McShea who initiated the event explained, “Our Legislative Committee realizes that this issue in particular is overwhelming in its complexity and in the volume of information available. We decided it was appropriate to bring in experts who deal with this every day to summarize this law for our members.”

Ron Carmassi of JRG Advisors and Paul Landman, HR Director for Ellwood City Hospital each presented prepared information and fielded questions from the attendees. They acknowledged that the details of the law are in flux but cautioned that whether you call it “ObamaCare” or “Affordable Care” or its official name, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”, it is Federal Law and all employers will need to understand and abide by its requirements.

Information packets are available for business leaders who were unable to attend the presentation. Contact the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, 314 Fifth Street Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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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 profiles two characters on opposite sides of the “good/bad” spectrum: The Wicked Witch and Glinda.

  • DSC_0392The Wicked Witch – Alena Kucan

Alena won a Henry Mancini award earlier this year in the category of Noteworthy Performance by a Group.  She, along with Michael Cannistraci, portrayed The Thenardiers in Les Miserables.  This year, she takes over one of the leading roles in The Wizard of Oz as the Wicked Witch.

What made you want to be the Wicked Witch of the West?
She’s creepy and good to scare people.  It’s fun because I like being myself while reading the lines.

How are you and your character alike?
I can have moods.  I can yell like her, and I can also laugh like her!

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
I’d say Glinda or Dorothy.  The complete opposites of my character.

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
I get to announce the Jitterbug scene (cut from the 1939 film), so that it my favorite.  

What will the audience enjoy most about your performance?
I’d say when I catch the Scarecrow on fire!  It’s a cool theatrical effect that looks like a real fire.

  •  DSC_0390Glinda – Lori Rectenwald

Lori appeared in 2011’s Annie Get Your Gun as Minnie Oakley, and also played Old Woman in last year’s rendition of Les Miserables.  In The Wizard of Oz, she breaks out as one of the most beloved characters in the musical: Glinda.

What made you want to be Glinda?
I was randomly cast as Glinda.  But, the role suits my personality.

How are you and your character alike?
Well, I’m nice.  I also really like kids and love to smile!

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
The Scarecrow.  I like his humor, and I think it would be a fun role.

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
Munchkin Land, because I get to sing my own song.  It is my big scene!

What musical would you most like to perform in, and which character would you play?
I’d say “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”  I’ve always seen myself as Millie.  We look a lot alike, and have the same personality.

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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PHOTOS: Pumpkin Patch Parade

Last Saturday, Ellwood City held its annual Pumpkin Patch Halloween Parade.  The parade included appearances by: The Riverside High School Panther Band, the Lincoln High School Marching Blue Band, the LHS cast of “The Wizard of Oz,” the LHS homecoming queen and court, along with several floats and walking groups.

The entire town came to watch the parade that started in the Lincoln High School parking lot.  Monetary prizes went to the best floats, costumes, and marching groups.

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PHOTOS: Panthers stomp Freedom, collect first victory

The Riverside Panther football team used its budding momentum from last weeks strong performance versus New Brighton to collect is first victory of the season Friday Night.  The 27-7 victory over Freedom couldn’t have come at a better time as it came in the home finale, on senior night, and pulled the Panthers out of the winless MAC conference basement.

The Panthers (1-8 overall) finished the season amassing 99 points of its final 5 games after a crippling early season stretch against Beaver Falls, New Castle, and Aliquippa.

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PHOTOS: Wolverines victorious in season finale

On paper, the match-up Friday night may have looked one-sided – a under .500 Wolverines squad hosting a 7-win Quaker Valley team that was undefeated for the season on the road – but the Wolverines used a second half comeback to secure a 27-16 season finishing victory.

Although the game did not have fireworks of last years 95-combined-point contest between the clubs, senior running back Jared Meyers still had his way with the Quakers (7-2 overall) defense.

Meyers accounted for three touchdowns Friday night, finishing with over 200 yards of total offense, including two rushing touchdowns and a nifty 56-yard pass play to Wolverine Paul Lutz.  The air strike gave Ellwood City its first lead of the game and Meyers final score, a 1-yard plunge, gave the Wolverines (4-5 overall) their final advantage.

Lutz gobbled up all 87 yards of passing offense for the Wolverines with three receptions, Meyers finished with 119 yards rushing. and Nicholas Ioanilli finished with 60 yards rushing for Ellwood City.

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