HEGINS - A brother-sister duo from Hegins has garnered a rare chance to wow local audiences, while performing before professional entertainers from Branson, Mo.
Gabrielle and Kieffer Quandel will open for "Red, Hot and Blue," on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Tri-Valley High School in Hegins. The program, sponsored by Valley Lodge No. 797, features seven multi-talented performers from the Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson. Now in their 18th season, "Red, Hot and Blue" was awarded for having the best morning show, best costumes and best vocal and dance group. They'll be offering a dose of American music through the decades - from the 1940s Big Bands to Boy Bands and the Beatles to the Bee Gees.
SACRAMENTO -Although a public meeting to discuss the Act 537 plan is set for December 16 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, preliminary action took place Monday evening at the Hubley Township Supervisors monthly meeting.
Supervisors Robert Barr and Keith Masser approved the addition of Fearnot Road and East Mountain Road to the Act 537 plan. Supervisor Frank Krammes was not present at the meeting.
HEGINS - Tri-Valley School District will welcome new faces to the district in the coming weeks.
Superintendent Mark Snyder thanked outgoing board members for their years of dedicated service to the Tri-Valley School District.
Directors Bruce Bruso, (Region 1), Michael Wasilus (Region 2) and A. Donald Buffington, (Region 3) all had their terms expire and chose not to run for re-election. Director Diane Dietrich (Region 1) and John Schmeltz (Region 2) won re-election.
TOWER CITY - About a dozen residents attended the Tower City borough council meeting Nov. 11 questioning letters that had recently been hand-delivered to their homes.
Following a short executive session to discuss personnel issues, and a 'thank-you' to the country's veterans, council president Bruce Schneck reopened the meeting, reminding residents of the borough's public comment policy which he said he would take the blame for not enforcing in the past. However, "Tonight, there will be five minutes to talk and one time to talk," said Schneck.
OAK GROVE - A proposed budget for Pine Grove Township was approved for advertising during the supervisors' Nov. 13 meeting and will be available for public inspection prior to adoption this month (December). The $1,995,140 budget does not require a tax increase.
Items of interest in the budget include the agreement of the board to continue donations of $12,500 to each of the two township fire companies; salaries of township employees will remain unchanged for 2014; the board agreed to allocate $22,000 for the 2014 Host Municipal Inspector's wages and discussed advertising the position though a decision was not made; $5,000 was budgeted for the Ravine street lights; an additional $7,200 was budgeted for Emergency Management to purchase a base radio and a portable waterproof rugged radio compatible with Schuylkill County communications; and $65,500 was budgeted for culture and recreation expenditures (the request from the recreation committee totaled $50,165).
DONALDSON - Donaldson residents are getting an early Christmas present. Starting from November, and for the next six months, Frailey Township will be paying their sewage bills.
The supervisors announced Nov. 12 that residents should not pay their sewage bills for November through April, but they are responsible for any "past due" bills already on the books. The payments are a savings of at least $270 per household and a total monthly cost of $8,100 for the township.
OAK GROVE - The Pine Grove Township Authority (Water) welcomed a new employee Nov. 20. Swatara Village resident Jim Morgan was appointed administrative secretary, effective Nov. 16.
Morgan is replacing Becky Ibarra who will be resigning at the end of December and has agreed to stay on until the end of the year to assist Morgan with learning the duties of the position.
Chairman John Stahl presented two versions of the draft covering 'Policies and Procedures' which the authority should adopt by the end of the year. According to Stahl, one copy was reviewed and suggested changes made by the board's newest appointee, Brian Harwick and the other a copy Stahl had worked on and had handed over to Morgan for input. Both versions had also been reviewed by the other board members over the past year. Any additional modifications, along with ones already noted, will be discussed during the December meeting.