Ellwood City Area Historical Society – Robert & Janice Barensfeld Scholarship

The Ellwood City Area Historical Society will award the Robert and Janice Barensfeld scholarship of $1,500.00 each to two graduating seniors in 2020 who have been accepted into a institution of higher learning (i.e, 4 year, Trade School or Performing Arts) Please note the following requirements: 2020 graduating students from Lincoln High School and Riverside High School are eligible. One (1) Scholarship will be available to both Lincoln and Riverside High Schools, providing all requirements are met, with the approval of the Ellwood City Area Historical Society’s scholarship committee. In case no student entries qualify from one (1) high school, two (2) students from the other high school may be awarded the scholarships. Complete the General Information sheet and remit with written essay. Present a written essay to the Ellwood City Area Historical Society scholarship committee per the following instructions: Historical topic within the geographic boundaries of the two (2) school districts.  400-600 words, double spaced, font size 12, researched and documented with a minimum of five (5) sources. The following topics are to be considered: People, Harmony Trolley, Churches, Family Farms/Businesses, and Social Organizations. All applications must be addressed to the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, Attention: Scholarship Committee Essays may be delivered in person, mailed, or dropped off in the mail slot. All applications must be received by Thursday April 9, 2020 before 2:00 p.m. Ellwood City Area Historical Society Attention: Scholarship Committee 310 Fifth Street Ellwood City, PA 16117 Essay selections will be made by the Scholarship Committe based solely on the content of the essay. Winning essays will be announced at the May 11, 2020...

Crisis Shelter’s  32nd Annual Gala Auction: FIRE AND ICE!

Mark your calendar for the Crisis Shelter’s 32nd Annual Gala Auction scheduled for Saturday, March 7th at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Avenue, New Castle, PA.  To purchase a ticket, please call 724.652.9206, or visit www.crisisshelter.org, and please be reminded, limited tickets will be sold at the door. This year’s Auction will include sports memorabilia, jewelry, designer handbags, our “famous” Wagon of Cheer, and so much more!  You can purchase a 50/50 ticket, Wagon of Cheer ticket or Quilt ticket, and you need not be present to win.  Mobile bidding will be available this year, as in the past. For more information, or to purchase tickets ($40.00 each) please stop by the office at 1218 West State Street or call (724) 652-9206. Donations are being accepted for the Auction; Again, if you have a question whether your items are suitable for the Auction, please call the Agency. In addition, there is still plenty of time to get your sponsorship in the program by calling the above number, or again by visiting the website at www.crisisshelter.org. Can’t make it to the event on March 7th?  No problem!  The Crisis Shelter utilizes a Smartphone App that will let you see the items up for bid and let you make real-time bids for those items!  You can even set a limit for an article you have your eye on, and bid from your own home!  The small price  you pay for this new service will be $10.00.  You can call the Crisis Shelter for more information.  You can  register for the Smartphone App, by calling the Crisis Shelter, and you...

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...