Frew gets nod for new car wash

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •


Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo The old Harman Car Wash will be razed this spring to make way for a new car wash to be constructed by Hembiere Group LLC. Hegins Twp. Zoning Hearing Board granted a variance last Wednesday evening for the property.

VALLEY VIEW — A new car wash will be coming to the area. Hegins Township Zoning Hearing Board gave Dave Frew of Hembiere Group LLC, the nod to go ahead with his plans for the former Harman car wash property with some conditions.
The zoning hearing board heard Frew’s plans on December 28 but had some legal concerns and decided to continue the hearing. After questions and deliberation last Wednesday evening, the zoning hearing board comprised of Larry Umholtz, Roger Wetzel and Todd Bixler, voted unanimously for Frew to move ahead with his plans.
The property located at 1171 West Main Street, the intersection of Route 25 and Gap Street, Valley View, currently houses the old car wash, garage and apartments that were operated by the late John Harman. Frew and his brother, Mark Frew plan to raze the structure and build a new facility that will not be any bigger than the current building. He said there will be no truck bay nor will there be apartments. He said it will be a one-story building. (more…)

Sacramento Community Fire Company receives $95K grant

New turn-out gear and air cylinders purchased

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •


Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo Donning their new turn-out gear are members of the Sacramento Community Fire Company, from left, Chief Ron Radel, Alyssa Deibert, Brandon Herb, Craig Morgan and Jeff Wiest. The fire company received a grant through FEMA to purchase the gear and air cylinders.

It was like Christmas morning Monday evening at the Sacramento Community Fire Company, as firefighters were coming in to un-package and try on their new turn-out gear.
The fire company was awarded a grant for more than $95,000 from the Assistant to Firefighters through the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
Sacramento Community Fire Company Fire Chief Ron Radel wrote the grant more than a year ago and he said the company received notification this past fall that they were going to receive the money.
“We haven’t had new turn-out gear since 2004,” said Radel. “We were able to purchase 27 complete sets of gear.”


Line Mountain has good run in state tourney


TIM ZYLA/For The Citizen-Standard Line Mountain’s Kenny Boyer controls Burrell’s Shaun Gates during a 160-pound bout at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships Feb. 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

PIAA Class AA Team wrestling tournament
Consolation round
Southern Columbia 37, Line Mountain 25
HERSHEY — Southern Columbia jumped out to an early 16-0 lead and never looked back, knocking Line Mountain out of the tournament en route to the Tigers finishing the tournament in third place.
“Against Southern, we needed everything to go right to have a chance,” said Line Mountain coach Mike Martz.
That didn’t happen almost at the start, when Ethan Long and Jaron Renn dropped 7-5 and 4-3 decisions, respectively


Grover didn’t see his shadow Feb. 2

Early spring predicted by Sweet Arrow
Lake groundhog

By Robert Wheary, Staff Writer •


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo As members of the Pine Grove Grundsau Lodge No. 5 look on, Bob Evanchalk, an assistant parks and recreation supervisor for Schuylkill County, reads the prediction of Grover the Groundhog and Sweet Arrow Sue. This marked the first year the lake has set up the Groundhog Day event after the Lodge disbanded last year.

PINE GROVE – While the entire world is moaning about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction about six more weeks of winter, Schuylkill County may just see an early spring.
At least that’s the way Pine Grove’s Grover the Groundhog and Sweet Arrow Sue see it when they didn’t see their shadow on Feb. 2.
More than 90 people packed the Schuylkill County outdoor recreation area at Sweet Arrow Lake to hear the predictions of Pennsylvania’s “third and fourth most famous groundhogs” an event that began back in 2006 by members of the Pine Grove Grundsau Lodge No. 5.


Hometown Heroes project coming to township

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

VALLEY VIEW – Like many other small towns in the area, Hegins Township will soon be showing patriotism and honoring their service men and women of years past and current.
Clervin Zimmerman and Michael Wynn attended the Hegins Township Supervisors meeting last Wednesday evening on behalf of The Masonic Lodge in Valley View. The lodge is working on a Hometown Heroes project.
Wynn said the Masons will be doing a mailer in a few weeks to everyone in Hegins and Hubley Township explaining the Hometown Heroes program and how the public can purchase a banner featuring their loved one who is currently serving or past service member.