Month: April 2016

Judge will decide Act 537 fate

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor                                                                                        

HARRISBURG — After two days of deliberations, the Hegins-Hubley Joint Act 537 Plan is still no closer to being implemented.
The hearing was held last Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, before presiding Judge Richard P. Mather Sr. before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
Witnesses testified Tuesday on whether they felt the Joint Act 537 Plan which was approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection on April 17, 2015 is able to be implemented and whether it is affordable.
During opening comments, Kevin Walsh, representing the Concerned Citizens — Roger Wetzel, William Wolfgang, Randy Shadle, Kenneth W. Richter, Kenneth Graham and Harry Mausser — who filed an appeal to the plan on May 14, 2015, and are listed as the appellants in the case, said the evidence he was going to present would show insufficiencies in the plan.


Millersburg School Board delays district-wide cuts

Public asked for input

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer                                                                                                               


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Students, parents and staff members pack the Millersburg Area High School auditorium as the school board members discuss a number of initiatives they will undertake to try to eliminate a budget deficit for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, including eliminating some programs and furloughing teachers and staff members.

MILLERSBURG — Residents of the Millersburg School District were given 30 days to come up with some suggestions on how the district can eliminate an almost $2 million budget deficit.
If they can’t, school board members said they will have no problem with making sweeping changes in the district, including eliminating teaching positions, increasing class sizes, and curtailing sports teams and classes.
Inside a packed auditorium, superintendent Thomas Haupt outlined the reason for the sweeping cuts, reiterating several points made at a special board meeting one week prior.
“Our enrollment has drastically reduced over the last eight years,” Haupt told the public.
According to enrollment data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, K-12 enrollment has dropped from 949 students in 2006-2007 to 819 students in 2014-2015.


Halifax budget looking better

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor                                                                                    

HALIFAX – Dr. Michele Orner and her administrative team listened to the public’s comments earlier this month and went back to the drawing board to come up with a compromised proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year.
Last Thursday, Dr. Orner presented a budget plan that would spare teacher jobs and major program cuts by cutting several hundred thousand dollars from the original budget presented.


Tri-Valley headed to District playoffs

Williams Valley, Upper Dauphin battle in extra innings

Tri-Valley 15, Weatherly 0


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Tri-Valley pitcher Jacey Roth prepares to deliver a pitch in Schuylkill League softball action April 20 against Marian. The Lady Dawgs rallied in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the victory on their home field.

HEGINS — Tri-Valley cemented their spot in the playoffs with their 10th win of the season, needing only three innings to defeat Weatherly.
The Lady Bulldogs scored 13 runs in the game’s first inning, led by a three-run home run by Kaleigh Bolich and Maddie Horn with a two-run homer.
Jacey Roth pitched a one-hitter for her fourth win of the season.
Weatherly — 0 0 0 — 0 1 6
Tri-Valley — (13) 1 1 — 15 14 0
Isom, Wilkinson (2) and Frye; Roth and Troutman. W — Roth. L. Isom.
Hits: Weatherly — Frey. Tri-Valley — Header 2, Underkoffler 2, Horn 3, Troutman, Sherry, Bolich 2, Schwalm, Heim, Schnoke.
3B — Bolich. HR — Horn, Bolich.



Fans flock to Williams Valley for 10th annual Les Brown celebration

By Rob WhearyStaff Writer


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Les Brown Jr., seated, meets with fans at the 10th annual Les Brown Big Band Festival Saturday at Williams Valley High School. Saturday’s event was part of a three-day festival of music honoring big band orchestra leader Les Brown, the Reinerton native who later formed the legendary big band orchestra “Les Brown and his Band of Renown.”

TOWER CITY – Festivalgoers got a chance to go back in time musically as the Les Brown Big Band Festival presented the sounds of the 1940s and 1950s at Williams Valley High School and surrounding areas last weekend.
It was a weekend filled with stories, music and remembering as the festival honored noted big band leader Les Brown, a native of Reinerton and the leader of Les Brown and his Band of Renown.
Brown’s son, Les Brown Jr., who joined his father’s orchestra at the age of 15 and took over the orchestra when his father passed away in 2001, acted as master of ceremonies for the event, talking about the music that several school and community jazz bands played on the auditorium stage.
“You are talking about pieces of music that have been listened to over and over for the better part of 70 years,” Brown said. “It’s timeless music that you just don’t have today.”


Act 537 appeal hearing underway


By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor

HARRISBURG – Proceedings for the appeal hearing for the Hegins and Hubley Township Joint Act 537 Plan were underway Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Harrisburg offices of the Environmental Hearing Board, Second Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street.
The Honorable Richard P. Mather presided at the hearing which was slated to possibly end sometime this week.