New Castle News

Local News

April 29, 2013

Making a Difference: Local woman constantly giving back to the community

NEW CASTLE — When her two young daughters asked to put a lemonade stand in the yard of their home, Jan Grigsby readily agreed.

“Sure,” Jan told them. “You can keep half of the money for yourself and donate the other half to a charity of your choice.”

Although the girls were only 6 and 10 years old at the time, the mandate came as no surprise to them.

Grigsby is a giver — of herself, her time, her money, her talents — and those nearby just seem to fall in line behind her.

“Jan is the best person I’ve ever known in my life,” said her best friend, Lauren Cotton. “She makes everyone around her want to be a better person.”

That certainly seems to be the case.

Grigsby’s daughters, Rachel and Carly Edman, made a pretty penny that summer over a decade ago, and they picked the Lawrence County Humane Society as their charity. Not surprisingly, once Jan walked into the humane society with her daughters’ donation, she never left.

She has become not only a volunteer patron, but a member of the board of directors at the humane society.

Her love of animals, though, is just the tip of the iceberg for this pretty lady from the North Hill who was nominated by Cotton as Lawrence County’s latest Person who Makes a Difference in the Community.

A FAST FRIENDSHIP

Grigsby and Cotton met some 20 years ago when Cotton visited the home of Grigsby and her husband, Neal Edman, who were looking for a caregiver for newborn Rachel.   “We interviewed her, looked at each other and nodded,” Grigsby said. “We were so worried about finding someone we could trust with our daughter, but after a short time with her, we just knew.”

Cotton says she knew, as well.

“I won the lottery that day,” she said. “Little did I know that it was a day that was going to change my life forever.”

Cotton says she has watched in wonder and amazement as Grigsby has woven her magic throughout the community.

In the case of the lemonade stand at the corner of North Mercer Street and Fairfield Avenue, Grigsby turned every kid’s summertime fun and moneymaking activity into a life lesson.

“They had quite a little business,” Grigsby said. “All the neighbors patronized it, policeman driving by in their patrol cars would stop. Once everyone on a city bus got off and bought lemonade.”

The girls were featured in the humane society newsletter in an article titled, “Turning lemons into love.”

“I wanted them to understand,” Grigsby said, “that when some good fortune comes your way, you should always think about giving back.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • JaredGustafson.jpg Mohawk senior Jared Gustafson elected nation FCCLA officer

    A Mohawk High student was elected to national office at a leadership conference in Texas. Senior Jared Gustafson now is the 2014-2015 national vice president of parliamentary law for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • PipeDreams.jpg Concert to feature sounds of ’60s

    This week’s Friday Night Live at Riverwalk Amphitheater will feature a 1960s theme. Entertainment will be provided by Pipe Dreams. The group performs a tribute to the British Invasion and American rock ’n roll with music from The Beatles, Stones, Doors, Monkees and hits from Motown and Philly.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • well.jpg Environmental groups oppose forced pooling

    An effort by local landowners to have forced pooling declared unconstitutional is getting some outside support. Two environmental groups — Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Mountain Watershed Association — have filed a friend of the court brief with Commonwealth Court. They are asking that the court review forced pooling, which is part of a 1961 Oil and Gas Conservation Law, before scheduled hearings take place.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • CashMob.jpg Cash Mob returns Saturday to downtown

    The New Visions Destination Downtown Action Team will host a cash mob Saturday in downtown New Castle.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • wampum_gazebo.jpg Wampum Homecoming draws near

    The 22nd annual Wampum Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for this weekend. It is sponsored by the Wampum Area Business Association.

     

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg City imposing new regulations for vendors

    The city of New Castle is tightening regulations and imposing new ones for mobile food and transient vendors.

     

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg New recreation fees adopted

    New Castle City Council has adopted a new fee schedule for Cascade and Darlington parks. The new schedule runs from 2014 through 2016.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • HolidayInn.jpg Union Township getting another hotel

    Union Township is getting a Holiday Inn Express. John McClure, owner of McClure Realty, said he had closed a transaction Thursday on 3.8 acres on West State Street for the venture, a couple hundred yards west of the Hampton Inn.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • audit.jpg Shenango pension fund audit due ‘this summer’

    The audit report of the Shenango Township pension funds are expected to be released this summer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • HIShands.jpg Local youths team up with His Hands Ministries to do home repair for those who can’t afford it

    Area youth from various Lawrence County churches started lending a helping hand Wednesday to residents in need. The annual Lawrence County Youth Ministries service event brings together students and adults for three days of volunteering. It is part of His Hands Ministries, an initiative involving local churches and volunteers who split into work groups to perform  home improvement tasks for elderly and low-income homeowners in the community.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo