Tower City Fire Dept. meets with residents

Fire tax ballot question main topic discussed

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer • csrobwheary@gmail.com

TOWER CITY – Close to 50 residents met with line officers of the Tower City Fire Company to clear the air about a ballot question for a proposed fire tax to be added to residents’ property taxes.
What came out of that was a two-hour discussion on Aug. 15 between the firefighters and the public, giving residents insight about how the fire department is operating now and the future of the department.
Much of the talking on behalf of the company was done by line officer Marcus Riddell, who also serves on Tower City’s borough council, fire company president Ross Baker, and fire chief Mike Keiter. When Riddell joined the fire company, he asked about how much support the borough gives to its only fire company.

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Number of students in classroom raises concern for Hegins-Hubley parent

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

HEGINS – Tri-Valley School Board Directors gathered for a committee of the whole meeting prior to the regular board meeting last Wednesday evening.
During the committee meeting, Superintendent Dr. Mark Snyder said the district will be sharing a social worker with Schuylkill Haven this year. He said in the past the district shared the spot with North Schuylkill, however they weren’t interested this year.
Tri-Valley will pay .7% of the salary while Schuylkill Haven will pay .3%.
Director Diane Dietrich questioned the percentage. She was under the impression that Tri-Valley paid .6% in the past and that was the figure agreed upon in the budget.
Snyder said the position is a full-time position in the district and .7% is what was budgeted for Tri-Valley this year.

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Millersburg School Board questions $63K tuition bill

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer • csrobwheary@gmail.com

MILLERSBURG – When the Millersburg Area School Board worked on their 2016-2017 budget, they tried to be fiscally responsible with their funds and stay within budget, cutting costs and furloughing teachers.
After learning of two different bills that will increase costs for the district, one that will see the district pay a $13,000 increase in a tuition, some board members expressed their displeasure about the state and federal government guidelines.

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Carrie I. Schovel

Carrie Irene Kauffman Bensinger Schovel, a resident at the Polk Personal Care Center, Millersburg and formerly of Hegins, the Pocono region and Greenwich, Conn., passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the age of 96 at the Polk Personal Care Center.

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Gertrude Harrison

Gertrude (Schwartz) Harrison, 97, of Tower City, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 after a long and fulfilling life.

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