Day: April 22, 2016


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.


Fasnacht guilty

Former Code Enforcement Officer must pay fines and court costs

By Joan Schwer, Correspondent

POTTSVILLE- The continuation of the March 22 summary trial of the ‘Commonwealth vs Fasnacht’ was held April 15 with Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley presiding.
Although the Commonwealth had rested its case March 22, the defense was broken off due to the required attendance of the Commonwealth’s attorney at a trial in the County Courthouse.
Attorney Shane Hobbs began to question Gerald Fasnacht, starting where he was entering the building, as a way of reviewing the end of the March 22 proceedings. Fasnacht testified he entered the Clay Street building and was assaulted by Cheryl Wiscount, who he said he did not know, and then by her husband, Michael. She ran into my right side, said Fasnacht and I asked her why.


Helen I. Lahr

Helen Irene Lahr, 90, of Rise Street in Halifax died Sunday, April 10 at Spring Creek Health and Rehab Center, Harrisburg.

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Josephine H. Lenker

Josephine H. “Jo” Lenker 94, of Valley View and Harrisburg, died at the Manor at Susquehanna Village in Millersburg, on Monday, April 4, 2016.

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