Features

Photo of Lindsay Griffin by David Lindenmuth.

Young Entrepreneurs

By David Lindenmuth         SCHUYLKILL HAVEN—Could the next Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey or Mark Zuckerberg hail from the Coal Region? Possibly, and a program hosted by the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce wants to maximize that chance by equipping students with the skills needed to achieve such a...   Read More

Photo of the Swiss Alps by Meredith Rhoades.

An Evolving Worldview

By Meredith Rhoades         EUROPE–I recently took a trip across the Atlantic Ocean and got a taste, literally and figuratively, of Europe. I navigated four different cities in four countries, three different types of currencies, times changes, and countless forms of transportation. I learned so much just...   Read More

Photo by David Lindenmuth of the Kaier Brewery demolition.

Kaier History – Park Planned at Brewery

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY–In early March 2017 an historic Coal Region landmark, the Kaier’s Brewery, came down over the course of a few days. The building had nearly a century-long legacy, tied to the story of Charles D. Kaier, his children, and relatives. Paul Coombe,...   Read More

Photo by Coal Cracker reporter Cade Bleashka of Louis Huber.

Know Your Neighbors: Louis Huber

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY–Even people who may know Mahanoy City Borough Councilman Louis Huber personally might be taken by surprise when they learn more about him. Huber, 72, is currently a resident at Mahanoy Elderly Housing, or as it is more commonly known, the High...   Read More

Drug Awareness Essay

By Oceana O’Boyle         COAL REGION–Coal Cracker reporter Oceana O’Boyle wrote this essay on drug awareness for a contest sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. This year’s theme was “Just Say No,” and was open to students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Oceana...   Read More

Photo of Coal Cracker Kids participants after removing a tarp from the front window of their new headquarters.

Cleaning Up at the Lumber Company

UPDATE 7/31/17: Check Out our Fresh Paint Days News! Coal Cracker staff members have been cleaning up our new headquarters at the former Mahanoy City Lumber and Supply Company on West Centre Street in the borough. Pictured, above, from left to right, after removing a tarp from the front window...   Read More

Snapshot photo by David Lindenmuth of the Schuylkill Mall.

Anthrasights: Snapshots from Around the Region

COAL REGION–Coal Cracker reporters were roving the region, and beyond, this spring, capturing special moments and events. Enjoy these glimpses of life in and around the Anthracite Region. Above, a photo by David Lindenmuth of an empty center court at the Schuylkill Mall, in Frackville, decorated for Easter, on April...   Read More

Contributed photo of the Tri Valley High School Band marching at Disney World.

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

Photo of Jacob Witiszin, the self-proclaimed food expert, at the Brickhouse Bar and Grill in orwigsburg, PA.

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

Photo by David Lindenmuth of musicians at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Orchestra Festival.

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

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