Posts tagged: Know Your Neighbors

Gary Perna Journalist

By David Lindenmuth         HAZLETON–For as long as he can remember, 2010 Mahanoy Area graduate Gary Perna has wanted to be a news reporter. “I grew up watching Nolan Johannes every night on WNEP and always wanted his job,” Perna said. In 2012, Perna earned an Associate’s...   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

Leslie Richardson: Coal Cracker Project Coordinator

By Meredith Rhoades         The Coal Cracker Kids Board of Directors recently hired Leslie Richardson, of Mahanoy City, as the new Project Coordinator to lead development of Coal Cracker youth-led news. Here, we introduce our readers to Richardson with a quick question and answer session to help...   Read More

Edie’s Grier City History Lesson

Know Your Neighbors By Serena Bennett       Edith “Edie” Messerschmidt, a local knowledgeable Grier City resident, has lived in Grier City since 1973 when she married her late husband, William Messerschmidt, whom she met at the White Birch Golf Course, in Barnesville. Coal Cracker talked to Edie about...   Read More

Citizen of the Year: Peg Grigalonis

By Serena Bennett         The Mahanoy City Elks Lodge No. 695 recently named Margaret “Peg” (Guinan) Grigalonis, of Barnesville, as Citizen of the Year. “I was honored by one of the most esteemed organizations in Mahanoy City, the Elks, where my father and grandfather, Abe Hawkes, and...   Read More

Code Enforcement Officer Bill Killian

Know Your Neighbors By Kassidy Ravina       There was a time when Mahanoy City was a nice looking, friendly little town. If you took a ride around Mahanoy City today, however, you’d see why having a code enforcement officer is very important to our community. Although many people...   Read More

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