Day: May 26, 2016

Effort underway to restore Swatara Furnace

First step is undertaken to eliminate danger from the PG Twp. site

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Parkway Tree Service owner Benjamin Fodor swings from branch to branch to make his next cut of the sycamore tree standing near the Swatara iron ore furnace. With the tree being too unsteady to climb, Fodor used a crane to get up near the top of the tree and lower the larger branches down to the ground to avoid any damage.

PINE GROVE TOWNSHIP – Several environmental and historical groups have joined forced to help restore and preserve an 185-year-old structure, the last one of its kind seen in Schuylkill County.
Recently. members of the Oak Grove Sportsman’s Association, the Old Forge Fishing Club, Pinegrove Historical Society and the Friends of Memorial Lake and Swatara State Parks joined forces with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Lebanon City Authority for an effort to preserve the Swatara Furnace.
The group’s first effort came on May 20 when a crew from an Ephrata tree service company came to the site near the Lebanon Reservoir to remove a threat to the furnace structure, a large sycamore tree standing next to it.
“The tree is about 85 to 90 feet tall and very unsteady,” a local historian said. “If we get a bad storm and the tree blows the wrong way, the furnace could be damaged.”


Millersburg board passes budget

Teachers furloughed, programs curtailed

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer

MILLERSBURG – With a million-dollar deficit looming this year, members of the Millersburg Area School Board made the tough decision to pass sweeping cuts in programs in the coming year in order to help make the district financially solvent for the future.
At a special board meeting May 23, the board voted 8-1 for the cuts to programs and reducing the district professional workforce by 15 people.
“Decisions like this are never easy to make,” board president Mark Rothermel said in a statement at the start of the meeting. “These reductions are being done for the long-term viability of the district. To even hold off on these moves for one year could cause irreversible harm to the district and put Millersburg in financial distress.
Many of the moves suggested by the administration were passed by the board, establishing a full day kindergarten to save on transportation costs, setting all elementary grade levels at three sections, and altering the elementary music and physical education classes, middle school guidance and secondary life skills classes.


Tri-Valley votes in favor of proposed budget with one mill tax increase

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor

HEGINS – Although expenditures are down in the Tri-Valley School District, a one mill tax increase will still be necessary for a balanced budget for the 2016-17 school year.
The board voted 8-0, Wednesday, May 11, with Director Carrie Bowman absent. Expenditures are $13,681,075, a decrease of $446,165 from the 2015-16 school year.
“The most significant reductions of expenditures in this year’s budget are due to savings realized by the refinancing of existing debt, improved energy utilization, and not replacing two individuals retiring from the high school,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Snyder.
The 1.000 mill increase equals $31.49 per property based on an average assessment of $31,490.


Ethel R. Wiest

Ethel R. Wiest, 93, of The Manor at Susquehanna Village, Millersburg, formerly of Gratz and Hegins, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Manor.

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Janet R. Wiest

Janet R. Wiest, 78, of W. Market Street, Gratz died Friday, May 20 at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence.

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Dennis R. Woll

Dennis R. Woll, 63, of Williamstown, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at his home with his family by his side after a 3 1/2 year courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

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Upper Dauphin girls earn crown

Trojans defeat Millersburg to regain TVL title


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photos Upper Dauphin softball players converge on pitcher Lexi Weaver after the team defeated Millersburg 7-4 to win the Tri-Valley League softball title in Halifax.

HALIFAX – Upper Dauphin used rallies in the later innings to earn themselves the 2016 Tri-Valley League Championship, defeating Millersburg 7-4 in the tournament final on May 19.
It was the Indians that got on the board first in the title game scoring two runs in the first, but Upper Dauphin battled back with a run in the bottom half of the first. Upper Dauphin took the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, taking a 4-2 lead.
It was Grace Klinger that put the nail in the coffin for Millersburg, launching a shot that came within a few feet of going over the fence for a triple, and then scoring when the ball went out of play on the relay throw.