Volunteers Make a Visible Difference

Kassidy Ravina contributed to this article         MAHANOY CITY—Coal Cracker Kids’ new headquarters received a fresh coat of exterior paint in early September thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and a Fresh Paint Days grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The grant provided 20 gallons of...   Read More

Camp Cadet: Advancing Ranks

By Sara Dimmick         DOUGLASSVILLE–Camp Cadet is a week-long program staffed by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, municipal officers, personnel from many branches of the Armed Forces, and other volunteers. Troop L of the camp is located at Camp Manatawny in Douglassville, Berks County. It is open to...   Read More

Quiz Time for Two New Principals

By Joei Shaller and Myla Wall         COAL REGION–This year, Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley high schools welcomed new principals into their school communities. We caught up with each principal to ask some questions about themselves and the year ahead. Coal Cracker: What was the biggest reason...   Read More

Rivals to Teammates

Co-Op Soccer Team Takes the Field By Meredith Rhoades         SCHUYLKILL COUNTY–This soccer season, the North Schuylkill Spartans welcomed some Mahanoy Area Golden Bears to their roster. Mahanoy Area and North Schuylkill recently agreed to co-op play for the girls’ soccer program. This means girls from Mahanoy...   Read More

Siblings in Arms

Share Your Family Photos By Myla Wall         COAL REGION–There were many local families with multiple siblings who fought during World War II. The Oncidi family, from Mahanoy City, had eight boys in the war at the same time. The patriarch of the family, Giuseppe, was an...   Read More

Take a Spin to Wheel

By Oceana O’Boyle and Emma Shaller         POTTSVILLE–Wheel, a restaurant located at 201 West Market Street, is a grilled cheese lover’s dream. The menu consists of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as mac-n-cheese, fries, desserts, and other tasty items. One original thing about this restaurant is...   Read More

Making Neighborhoods Safer

Photos by David Lindenmuth         SCHUYLKILL COUNTY-Several local towns participated in National Night Out in early August. The event is “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the event’s website. Share...   Read More

Football Flashback

Alumni Battle in a Classic Clash   By Meredith Rhoades         SHENANDOAH-On August 11th, alumni members of Mahanoy Area and Shenandoah Valley high school football teams suited up once again in the First Annual Alumni Game held at Shenandoah’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. As any graduate of the...   Read More

Farewell to Summer 2017

COAL REGION—Throughout the summer, Coal Cracker journalists were snapping photos of local people and places, as well as a few out of the way attractions experienced while on vacation. Here’s a look back at summer 2017 in and around the Anthracite Region. Share this article...

Fresh Paint Days

Coal Cracker Kids is scheduled to receive a fresh coat of exterior paint on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, from 9 am to 5 pm, at its new headquarters, the former Mahanoy City Lumber and Supply Company at 435 West Centre Street in Mahanoy City. The event is...   Read More

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