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PHOTOS: Memorial Day Parade

The annual Ellwood City Memorial Day Parade was held yesterday morning in honor of the many soldiers who served in the armed forces to make America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The 2014 chairman was Sam Pawlowski assisted by co-chairwoman Carol Gibbons. Also serving on the committee was secretary/treasurer Mary May and parade chairs Bette Baney DeLoia and John DeLoia.

The participants included the Ellwood City Police, Mayor Anthony Court, Boy Scout Troop #806, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, the LHS Marching Blue Band, the Disabled American Veterans #12, parade marshalls Dave Cook and Stanley Piecuch, Kitchen Cabinet members, Red Hat Ladies, Ellwood City Council members, Cub Scouts Troop #806, Richard Hosie (bagpiper), Ellwood City School Board members, WW2 veterans, ambulances, rescue squads, fire departments and more.

The parade started on the Fourth Street Bridge and finished at Christ Presbyterian Church where a brief commemoration ceremony was held immediately following the parade. Here, Lincoln and Riverside American Legion essay winners gave speeches regarding their reflections on the day.

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PHOTOS: “Ewing-Park-a-poluza”

Following the fifth grade walking tour last week, the sixth graders had a day of their own on Monday. “Ewing-Park-a-poluza” blended students from Ellwood City, Riverside and Holy Redeemer schools for a day of fun in the park.

The “Ewing-Park-a-poluza” was coined as a part of the Pride In Ellwood campaign by the Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce and headed by President David DeCaria. One of the goals of the event was to help students take advantage of the amenities offered in Ewing Park.

The children rotated throughout the course of the day around from various stations spread around the park.

Air Fitness had fitness and team building activities set-up at the track. Children were able to enjoy exercise classes, kick ball games, tug-a-war competitions and more.

Adventuring through the Nature Trail, Bruce Badger was able to teach the students about the history of the trail. Creekside Connections of Allegheny College was also there to introduce the children to the critters that reside in the creek.

Samples of the water were taken where the sixth graders got the chance identify the said creatures and help to determine how healthy Ellwood’s creek is.

The next stop of the day was Kids Creative Kingdom. Here, Earla Marshall, Kitchen Cabinet member, told the story of the creation of the playground and how much one week worth of community efforts can accomplish.

Former Ellwood City Borough Manager Dom Viccari followed at the Trefoil Lodge explaining its history. The Watershed Program also joined Viccari to teach the students how foil is made.

The final part of the day was Abe Lincoln impersonator, Rick Miller of Cranberry. Lincoln was a highlight for the children who were able to learn all about his life in conjunction with what they have already learned about the Civil War this school year.

The sixth graders had the opportunity to act as reporters in a press conference with the President where they were able to ask him questions about his personal opinion on slavery and more about the theater he was assassinated in.

Overall, the “Ewing-Park-a-poluza” made for a beautiful, nature-filled day for the sixth graders and their teachers.

“This was a good experience to expose these kids to something that they typically wouldn’t be exposed to,” said DeCaria. “It’s part of our attempt to help build pride in Ellwood City, so kids can appreciate what we have here.”

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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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