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PHOTOS: MarketPlace on Main Holiday Open House event

20131018_105026MarketPlace on Main owner Tenny Ripper’s annual Holiday Open House event gets bigger each year.  So, this year he decided to add some more space.

On Aug. 5, Ripper acquired the old Elks Club building next to his Lawrence Ave. Shop in order to expand upon his growing business.  He then began working tirelessly to transform the bar room into a wonderland of antiques.  The owner explained that when the opportunity to add more store space arose, he reached out without hesitation.

“I heard the Elks Club lost their charter, so I emailed the Grand Elks Lodge and said that if the space becomes available, I am interested,” Ripper said about his recent building purchase.  “We needed more space.”

Each year at the end of October, Ripper closes the store down and transforms it into a holiday masterpiece.  He fills the store with Christmas items, puts trees in the windows, and strings bright, beautiful lights on walls and tables.

20131018_105134The Holiday Open House event started in 1996 when the store first opened.  The store experienced tremendous success that year, which prompted the yearly open house.

“The first year I had it, we sold out of everything the first day,” Ripper explained.  “It grows every year.  People come in and pick what they want, then pay me to decorate their houses.  I currently decorate 18 houses, and three halls at Grove City College.”

Ripper’s career path changed dramatically when he opened MarketPlace on Main.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology, then went to school for computer programing.  Though, the jobs he obtained after school failed to suffice in terms of happiness.

20131018_105154“I always collected antiques in college, and really enjoyed it,” Ripper said as to why he opened the Ellwood City store.  “I worked in a small office as a computer programmer, and I said ‘I gotta get out of here,’ so I got out.”

Now, Ripper gets to enjoy what he loves while running a continuously growing business.

The MarketPlace on Main Holiday Open House occurs on Friday, Nov. 1 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  That Friday also marks the grand opening of the store’s expansion.  Also, attenders receive refreshments both days.

The shop closes down from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31 for preparation purposes.

For more information, please visit, or visit the store located at 402 Lawrence Ave, next to National Grind.

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PHOTOS: Rotary Club meeting notes

P1010741The Rotary Club of Ellwood City met for their weekly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, at Connequenessing Country Club.  Vice President Alisa Hatchett conducted the meeting.  Carole Kinney led the singing of “God Bless America,” while Bill Blank gave the invocation, and Pete Kucan was the Jokemaster.  The 50/50 drawing was administered by Terri Stramba, and won by Frank Martz.  Terri also collected Happy Bucks.
Bruce Thalmann announced Oct. 17th as the day of the Fall Harvest Dinner.  Members are welcome to bring friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the season.  The guest speaker for the evening was Jeffrey Bales, Jr.,  who was accompanied by his grandmother Catherine Migut, and his cousin Shirley Perry.  Jeffrey maintains the Lawrence County Memories website.  He told the story of Emmett Rocco, an Ellwood City boy who rose to great heights as a heavyweight boxer.
Rocco, who has many living relatives in Ellwood City, had to leave school after the 8th grade because he had to help support his brothers and sisters.  Emmett took up amateur boxing, and came to the attention of a New Castle boxing promoter, Joe Cumo, who persuaded him to become a pro.  Rocco won his first 14 fights, often training with George Chip, who was the Middle weight champion of the world.  In 1928, under a new manager, he fought Battling Levinsky, a famous light heavyweight who won over 200 fights.  Rocco won the second of two fights.  He advanced so far in his career that he sought a fight with Max Schmeling, who later became a heavyweight Champion.  Schmeling would not agree to the bout.  Rocco retired in 1933 at the age of 26.  He married Margaret Biordi, had 3 children, and lived in California till his death in 1964.  He was very religious and devoted to fund raising for Catholic Charities.
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PHOTOS: Annual powder-puff football games this weekend

EC Cheerleaders Powderpuff

Pictured left to right: Sophia Gagliano – Sophomore, Maddie DeLisio – Junior, Cassidy Court – Senior, and Valerie Shaffer – Freshman.

It’s that time of year again.

This Saturday at Helling Stadium, the Lincoln High School powder-puff football games take place.  The event, sponsored by the Lincoln Cheering Boosters, consists of two games: One between freshman and sophomore girls at 4PM, and the other between the junior and senior girls at 6PM.

Last year, the Freshman class and Sophomore class played to an 8-8 tie.  Then, the seniors emerged victorious over the juniors, 14-6, under the lights.

This year’s Senior class aims for redemption, and the freshmen look to establish a winning precedent for the next three years.

The players plan to wear pink as part of their uniforms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A portion of the proceeds will be distributed to both the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation and Lincoln High School Club Hope.

Admission is $4 at the gate, and concessions will be available for purchase.


Freshmen – Class of 2017

00 – Sayde Morse
1 – Melissa Gatto
2 – Jessica Zak
3 – Giana Rangel
4 – Mauria Wiley
05 – Samara Grimes
6 – Mackenzie Santillo
7 – Taylor Dufford
8 – Jozie Fallabel
9 – Rachael Morabito
10 – Jordan Gilchrist
11 – Brooklyn Magill
12 – Erika Walley
13 – Emily Moffatt
14 – Taylor Petrak
16 – Kalee Foreman
17 – Madison Widmaier
19 – Alyssa Myers
21 – Asia Anderson
25 – Ally Peffer
27 – Megan Siegfried
33 – Joellen Cirelli
36 – Valerie Shaffer
41 – Emma Hall
51 – Zoe Geminiani
52 – Mia Agostinelli
66 – Ashley Morgan
72 – Leah Boots
83 – Eisabela Miller
85 – Skyla Greco
86 – Camille Maine

Head Coach: Jim Miller


Sophomores – Class of 2016


2 – Karington Ketterer
3 – Brooke Carone
5 – Kayla Murin
06 – Mariah Linville
7 – Stormie Perell
10 – Paige Mason
11 – Nikol Damato
12 – Makaila Holsinger
13 – Maiya Sheets
15 – Allie McKelvey
16 – Elisabeth Falen
17 – Rachael Falen
18 – Kaleigh Basile
20 – Taylor Hartle
21 – Abby Conforti
22 – Brianna McClintick
23 – Cortni Prine
24 – Kyrsten Ott
26 – Bailey Wilson
28 – Sophia Gagliano
31 – Jodi Iddings
32 – Mallory Swogger
33 – Sydney Shurtz
34 – Abby Higby
35 – Josalyn Izzo
36 – Emily Jackson
41 – Demi Chapman
42 – Sylvia Rozzi
43 – Kaitlyn Wright
55 – Shania Shustock
66 – Bree Benson
69 – Molly Morales
77 – Hannah Kauffman

Head Coach:  Rob Damato


Juniors – Class of 2015


2 – Anneleise Williams
3 – Celia DeCarlo
5 – Emma DeSanzo
7 – Talia Marker
8 – Elise Amonette
9 – Morgan Meyers
10 – Abbey Dorer
11 – Megan O’Donnell
12 – Maggie Prokovich
13 – Jasmine Jones
15 – Erica Battaglia
16 – Autumn Kuzmin
17 – Taylor Rozzi
19 – Lexus Garvin
20 – Laiken Sesti
21 – Payton Kegel
22 – Kaitlyn Manross
24 – Katelyn Wardman
27 – Olivia Pigza
30 – Maddie DeLisio
32 – Bailey McKinney
36 – Morgan Thomas
45 – Brooke Muntean
55 – Sarah Radich
66 – Savannah Steilner
67 – Summer Maine
73 – Raeanna Orock
92 – Amber Leech

Head Coach:  John Steilner


Seniors – Class of 2014


00 – Taylor Kaufman
01 – Kimberlyn Peffer
2 – Mysti Vincik
3 – Shye Dennis
4 – Chelcy Blontz
6 – Andi Hozick
7 – Mikki Beall
10 – Madison Wallace
11 – Cassidy Court
12 – Gia Greco
13 – Cheyenne Annarumo
14 – Jessica Work
16 – Lindsay Sarver
17 – Jenica Dismuke
18 – Ashley Boots
19 – Megan Staples
20 – Aletha Carroll
21 – Marisa Scialdone
22 – Erica Yerace
23 – Shaelyn Barrett
24 – Brooke Cisco
26 – Jennifer Boots
27 – Lauren Paswell
28 – Sierra Jones
32 – Kelsey Kozora
33 – Karyn Kline
38 – Susie Blythe
87 – Jaiden Campbell
98 – Carmie Teolis
99 – Abby Konyak

 Head Coach:  Eric Bell


An field photographer will be in attendance, check back Monday for photos from both powderpuff games.

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PHOTOS: Alborn Tire Sales hosts women’s car care clinic

AlbornAlborn Tire Sales owner Justin Neupauer operates one of the quickest, most reliable community-focused shops in Ellwood City.

Since he took over the business three years ago, he revamped entire shop to provide a welcoming atmosphere, and to enhance customer satisfaction.  Neupauer added televisions, a new glass block desk, and a vintage Coca Cola machine.  Also, the shop added a new diagnostic scanner to its work area that gives employees the ability to reprogram car computers.  The state-of-the-art scanner remains the only of its kind in the area.

One of the best additions came last year, as the owner added a parking meter to the room that collected charitable funds for families in need during the holiday season.

Now, Neupauer aims to serve the community with a women’s car care clinic on Nov. 2.  The class focuses on basic car care techniques, from cleaning a vehicle correctly to properly changing a flat tire.

Alborn“I thought about doing this a few years ago after a young lady came in [with car issues] from another place.  I want to give people examples of what cars should have and what they don’t have, like winter air and summer air,” Neupauer said.

The event limits participation to ten people per class.  Classes start at 10 a.m. and approximately 11:30 a.m., as instruction takes between one and two hours.  The most important piece of information, of course, is cost.

“It’s free, and we will have snacks and refreshments,” Neupauer added.

Alborn Tire Sales is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register for the event, please visit Alborn’s Facebook Page and send a message, or call Justin at 724-752-1411.

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PHOTO: Ellwood City contestants run Chicago Marathon

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Pictured left to right: Beth Roitz, Chad Reed, Steve Roitz, and Katelyn Roitz.

Four Ellwood City residents ran the 36th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13.

For a grueling 26.2 miles, Beth Roitz, Steve Roitz, Katelyn Roitz, and Chad Reed, along with contestants from over 100 countries, journeyed through the Chicago streets on foot.

Kenya native Dennis Kimetto crushed the course record, and finished 22 seconds off of the world record for a marathon by completing the marathon in 2:03:45.  Kimetto received $100,000 for winning the race, and added &75,000 for breaking the course record.

The Ellwood City participant results are:

  • Chad Reed – 4:02:00
  • Katelyn Roitz – 4:19:55
  • Beth Roitz – 4:28:02
  • Steve Roitz – 4:50:45









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PHOTOS: Brumbaugh air attack dismantles Panthers

Riverside hosted

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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