Music Education in Area Schools

By David Lindenmuth         “I’m going to Disney World!” is a quote typically associated with a championship in NCAA Basketball or the NFL, but it’s also a popular phrase among several local marching bands. Tri-Valley (pictured above), Tamaqua Area, Mahanoy Area, and Hazleton Area marching bands have...   Read More

Meet Virginia Laurusevage

By Emma Shaller         Many people may know Virginia Laurusevage as a local seamstress with a shop at 439 East Mahanoy Street, but there are a lot of things you may not know she has done for our community. For example, she has made tons of beautiful...   Read More

Coalcracker Bushcraft

By Meredith Rhoades         When you think of Schuylkill County, do awesome hiking trails or spectacular views come to mind? For Dan Wowak (above), a Mahanoy City native, the local woods sparked his passion for the outdoors and led to a career in wilderness survival skills, which...   Read More

Jawn Squad – The Brick House Grill

By Nick Cavenas         I went to The Brickhouse Grill with my buddies Jordan Hannon, Justin Letcavage, and Jacob Witiszin (the self-proclaimed food expert pictured above). Overall, we all enjoyed this restaurant. Great hospitality, environment, and most importantly they make great food! Brick House has a wide...   Read More

Orchestra Festival at Shenandoah Valley High School

By David Lindenmuth         More than 100 of the best high school musicians from the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, and the Coal Region converged on Shenandoah in late January for the 2016-17 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 10 Orchestra Festival. Students from Schuylkill, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon,...   Read More

Inside Mahanoy City Borough Hall

By Cade Bleashka         Act 47, also known as the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, is a distressed community program. Mahanoy City is a distressed community because it cannot provide necessary services such as police workers or firefighters based on borough revenues. In 2015, the Mahanoy City Borough Council...   Read More

Memories of Band Director Bill Mitchell

According to Mahanoy Area Historical Society’s Images of America book, “In 1957 Mahanoy City High School hired Bill Mitchell as Band Director. A trombone student from the famous Professor Dorsey, the service veteran and graduate of Pennsylvania State University was about to revolutionize the performance of high school marching bands.”...   Read More

The Unwelcome Ones – The Conclusion

An Excerpt of Original Science Fiction By Joe Peters       I turned in the opposite direction of the men and took off, my feet smashing off the ground, sending dirt flying in a dusty trail behind me. My muscles pumped harder than they ever had before, propelling me...   Read More

Making a Difference

By Meredith Rhoades         “Empowered women empower women.” This quote embodies the exact reason why I attended the Women’s March on Washington. Not only did I feel the absolute need to stand up against discrimination, I also wanted to prove to people that even at 16 years...   Read More

Women’s March: a Once-in-a-Lifetime Moment

By Serena Bennett         The Women’s March on Washington on January 21 attracted an estimated 1 million people, and I was one of them. Standing together to support one another was one of the most surreal and exciting experiences of my life. I chose to attend the...   Read More

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