Photo of Coal Cracker Kids Fresh Paint Days volunteers needed announcement.

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

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 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

What Mahanoy Area Restructuring Means for the Future

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY–Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Mahanoy Area students and teachers will attend class in a whole new way. On February 21, the Mahanoy Area School District Administration held a public hearing to inform both teachers and concerned parents of its plans...   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

Photo of the Mahanoy City Borough building courtesy of the borough's website.

Inside Borough Hall Summer 2017

By Cade Bleashka         MAHANOY CITY—Act 47 is helping the Borough of Mahanoy City to fund several improvement projects. Also known as the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, it enables the state Department of Community and Economic Development to assist municipalities that are experiencing severe financial difficulties. In...   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

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 by Coal Cracker Reporter Emma Shaller of Seamstress Virginia Laurusevage and her assistant Armelle Metellus.

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

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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