Posts tagged: Meredith Rhoades

Winter Adventure Awaits

By Meredith Rhoades         Whether you love or hate winter, no one can deny the fact that there are many fun opportunities here in Schuylkill County for wintertime fun! The Coal Region isn’t necessarily known for its outdoor recreational sports, but I believe it should be. With...   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

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

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

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

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

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

National Park Service Turns 100

Photos and captions by Meredith Rhoades         The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, marking a century of protecting some of America’s most special places for the enjoyment of us all. There are more than 400 sites nationwide in the National Park system. One...   Read More

Channel Your Inner Honey Badger

By Meredith Rhoades         Living your life like a honey badger may sound bizarre, but to Sharon Smith, it means that she is doing exactly what she is meant to do. Sharon is a Mahanoy City native who has recently discovered a love for ultramarathons — which...   Read More

Running Across the Continents

Marathoner Michael Messerschmidt   By Meredith Rhoades         Michael Messerschmidt isn’t your typical eighth grade civics teacher; he’s an avid runner who has finished a total of 44 marathons. He has run a marathon on every continent and plans to run one in every US state (up...   Read More

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