BC3 president’s speech to Leadership Lawrence County class “eye-opening”

BC3 president’s speech to Leadership Lawrence County class “eye-opening” Dec. 18, 2019 (New Castle, PA) Students should research the average starting wage of their intended profession when evaluating the cost of the college or university that will prepare them to enter their field, Dr. Nick Neupauer told Leadership Lawrence County’s Class of 2019-2020 on Thursday during an Education Day seminar designed to introduce program participants to higher education opportunities in the county of 86,000. “If you have student-loan debt equal to or less than the average starting wage, you can make it work,” said Neupauer, an Ellwood City native and president of Butler County Community College since 2007. “If you are going into a profession where you will be starting at $34,000 and you are coming out of college with $80,000 or $90,000 in student-loan debt, I think that is something that should be questioned.” Neupauer was selected to be one of two keynote speakers at Education Day, the fourth of nine topical seminars within the Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s second Leadership Lawrence County program. Seminars in the nearly yearlong program conclude in May for participants who represent manufacturers, healthcare facilities, cultural centers, social service agencies, educational institutions and other sectors.  “I thought he was outstanding,” said Renee Silverman, chief marketing officer of Klafter’s, a wholesale distributor in New Castle, and a Leadership Lawrence County participant. “I’ve heard a lot of speakers and I do think he was energetic. He is very passionate about what he does and he has a lot of experience.” “Very approachable and accessible,” added Kim Koller-Jones, executive director of the Hoyt Center...

Oktoberfest Volunteers – Going Above and Beyond

Submitted by John Biondi Ellwood City, PA. A check presentation dinner meeting was hostes by the Wolves Club on October 23 at Carusone’s Catering Hall in Ellwood City. Profits from the highly successful Oktoberfest event were distributed to the Lions Club, Rotary Club and the ALS Association of Western PA by chairman Denny Boariu. Wolves Club President Mike DeOtto recognized Oktoberfest chairman, Denny Boariu and Martin “Doc” Barsotti, for their organizational and leadership skills; commenting that their efforts were greatly appreciate, not only by the Wolves Club, but by the Oktoberfest volunteers and community at large. Denny Boariu introduced the involved representatives of the Lions and Rotary Clubs who each received a check for $5,500.00. He stated that the cooperation of the three organizations (Wolves, Lions and Rotary Clubs) was remarkable in terms of time, energy and resources displayed throughout the event. The charity for this year’s Oktoberfest was the ALS Association of Western PA represented by special guest, Morgan Geniviva, who recieved a check for $3,000.00. She offered heartfelt remarks noting that the Western PA Chapter of the ALS not only helps victims of ALS in Western PA but also in the Ellwood City area which included her father John...

Press Release: Samuel Teolis Appreciation Breakfast: A lifetime of service

Submitted by John M. Biondi Ellwood City, PA. Five local groups came together for an appreciation breakfast honoring Samuel Teolis on October 12 at the Wolverine Restaurant. ‘For over seven generations Sam Teolis’ devotion to faith, family and community is legendary. He has touched many lives in the greater Ellwood City area and beyond; as the first Italian American mayor of Ellwood City, member of the American Legion, Veterans’ Honor Guard, a passionate veterans’ advocate, funeral director, and involvement in numerous initiatives in his faith community’ said Master of Ceremonies Bob Morabito. Pete Maietta, First Vice Commander Beaver and Lawrence County Veterans Honor Guard; Frank Aloi, Vice President Holy Name Society; Mike DeOtto, Wolves Club Den ll President; Mark Strosnider, SAG President; and Joe Fisher, Commander American Legion Post 157 offered remarks concerning Mr. Teolis’ leadership and contribution to their involved organizations. The common theme of all those tributes was that ‘Sam Teolis is an honorable, kind man who proudly serves his community with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility’. Mr. Teolis, in his comments, expressed his gratitude for the ‘surprise appreciation’ gathering and briefly touched on some of his marquee accomplishments. He noted that he was raised in Ellwood City, educated here, established his place of business here and as a public office holder was always striving for the betterment of our community. As chairman of Mr. Teolis’s tribute, Cosmo Morabito was recognized by MC Bob Morabito. Dr. John DeCaro Sr. gave the invocation, and John Biondi gave the...

6 Riv-Ell students receive BC3’s Workplace Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Students at Lincoln High School in Ellwood City who earned a Butler County Community College Workplace Certificate in Entrepreneurship are shown Wednesday evening before BC3’s 2019 commencement, which featured the college’s largest graduating class of the century. The Lincoln High students received 16 free, transferrable credits by completing the Riv-Ell Entrepreneurship Program, held in collaboration with the Community College of Beaver County and the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce. They are, from left, Mikayla Beachem, Hannah Froce, Hunter Gulish, Joseph Houk, Destiny DiMaggio and Abby Schlafly. May 16, 2019 (Ellwood City, PA) Butler County Community College’s Class of 2019 was its largest of the century with 599 graduates – 14 more than in 2017, its previous top class since 2000. Five-hundred-twenty-seven graduates received at least one associate degree, and 72 at least one certificate from BC3, which held its 2019 commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Field House on BC3’s main campus in Butler Township. Among the 599 graduates were 32 student-veterans. A 70-year-old grandmother of three who is the Class of 2019’s most senior graduate. A 35-year-old married mother of six. BC3’s first two-sport All-American. And six high school students who achieved a Workplace Certificate in Entrepreneurship by completing the first Riv-Ell Entrepreneurship Program. Lincoln High School students Abby Schlafly, Mikayla Beachem, Destiny DiMaggio, Joseph Houk, Hannah Froce and Hunter Gulish participated in the first Riv-Ell Entrepreneurship Program, a collaborative effort among BC3, the Community College of Beaver County and the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, which blended classroom learning with real-world experience. Students who completed the program earned 16 tuition-free, transferrable credits. Ellwood...

Serving the area for over Six Generations: Ellwood City Wolves Club awards $15,740 in Scholarships this year.

NORTH SEWICKLEY TWP. At their annual scholarship dinner on May 22, at the Connoquenessing Country Club, the Wolves Club Den II members, gathered to celebrate the awarding of $15,740 in scholarships to a total of ten Lincoln and Riverside seniors to help fund their college education. Wolves Club president, Mike DeOtto said; “Education exposes these outstanding young scholars to what the world has to offer, and to the many possibilities open to them. We are proud to aid them financially as they enter a new and challenging phase of their lives.” Lincoln high school senior, Alexander Scott was announced as the $5,000 recipient. He is the son of Angelica Sanchez Mason and Ted Scott of Ellwood City. Alexander plans to attend Pennsylvania State University and major in Chemical Engineering. Two $2,500 scholarships were awarded to: Sarina Steigerwald, a Riverside high school senior and to Lincoln high school senior, Hannah Froce. Sarina is the daughter of Darla Steigerwald of North Sewickley Township and Dennis Steigerwald of Harmony. Sarina will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and declared a double major focusing on Business Management and on Human Resources Management. Hanna is the daughter of Neil and Carrie Froce of Ellwood City, she helps with the charity of Pickup please, one of the biggest charitable organizations. She will attend Urbana University and major in Special Education. Two $1,500 Scholarships were awarded to Riverside seniors, Natalie Holzer and Kristina Hogue. Natalie is the daughter of Ken and Susan Holzer of Ellwood City and will attend the University of Kentucky to major in Finance and Economics. Kristina is the daughter of Mary and Jimmy...

Meet Our New Executive Directors!

The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our new Co-Executive Directors, Loralei Gallaher-Hink and Jillian Court! Loralei and Jillian will be working alongside each other as the Executive Director of Membership and the Executive Director of Media, respectively. They are looking forward to continue the mission of the Chamber which is to promote a healthy local economy and a high quality of life for the Ellwood City Area and act as the resource center for business, voice for economic development and an information center for the community. Please stop by our office to meet the new Executive Directors and to thank Raymond Santillo for his service as Executive Director. Raymond has increased our membership from 206 to 428 members during his 3 years of service to the Chamber and he will be heading in to his second retirement at the end of this year. Thank you to Ray for his energy and dedication to the Ellwood City Area. Feel free to contact us at 724-758-5501 or by email if we can assistant you or your business in any way. Jillian Court, Executive Director of Media – media@ellwoodchamber.org Loralei Gallaher-Hink, Executive Director of Membership – membership@ellwoodchamber.org Raymond Santillo, Retiring Executive Director –...