Month: May 2016

Trojans earn crown

Baseball squad takes home Tri-Valley League Title


PHOTO COURTESY OF BRENT BELL Members of the Upper Dauphin Area High School baseball team swarm the mound after defeating Juniata on May 17 and winning the Tri-Valley League baseball championship.

NEWPORT – Tuning up for Monday’s start to the District III tournament, Upper Dauphin started its run in the postseason 1-0 with a Tri-Valley League title under their belt.
With the help of pitcher Aaron Cleveland, the Trojans defeated Juniata 3-0 at Newport May 17 to win their fifth title in eight years, regaining the crown they last won in 2014.
Usually, the Tri-Valley League tournament uses a four-team bracket, but with Western Division champions Juniata starting their playoff run in District 6 on May 19, league officials eliminated the semifinal games with wildcards Millersburg and Newport and went right to the championship game.
The two teams met eight days prior, engaging in a 2-1 14-inning classic won by Juniata. On this day, Upper Dauphin would not be denied.
The game came down to another pitcher’s duel, this time between UDA’s Aaron Cleveland and Juniata’s Chance Swartz. Between the two, they struck out a combined 19 — 10 for Swartz, nine for Cleveland — batters.


Moyer gets new position

Recycling abusers beware in Hegins Twp.

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

VALLEY VIEW – After a brief executive session during the regular meeting of the Hegins Township Supervisors held Wednesday, May 4, Cathy Moyer, who was the current secretary of the township, was appointed to the new position of secretary/treasurer of the township.
Moyer’s new duties will include the treasurer position, which she had already been doing since the end of March. According to Chairman Supervisor Gary Harner, Schlegel resigned at the end of March, but it was undetermined if his resignation was every formally accepted at a meeting.


Voters to decide on fire tax rate in Tower City

By Rob Wheary, Staff

TOWER CITY – Borough council will direct its solicitor to put the question of a three-mill tax increase on the ballot. When it will appear is another question.
At council’s meeting Monday evening, the board unanimously voted to direct the borough’s solicitor, Richard Thornburg, to begin petitioning the Schuylkill County Board of Elections to have a question put on the ballot, hopefully for the fall.
Last month, council member and volunteer firefighter Marcus Riddell reported on the financial condition of the fire company and how they are working with old equipment. Riddell said Monday that the firefighters would be happy with a 2-mill increase.
“Two mills would generate approximately $20,000, that would give the fire company $10,000 to help pay their bills and $10,000 to put away to save for future purchases,” Riddell said. Thornburg told council the minimum tax increase eligible to be on the ballot is three mills, so that is what will be asked for. Mayor Dan Daub questioned on whether a municipal ballot question can be put on during a presidential election year, and Thornburg said he would research the matter. Council president Bruce Schneck cautioned the firefighters to inform the public about the increase. (more…)

Mary Lou Chubb

Mary Lou Chubb, 79, of N. River Road, Halifax, died Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Heritage Mills Personal Care in Tower City.

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Vikings knock off area rivals in three-day span


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Williams Valley’s Rayanne Hawk slides into home as Tri-Valley catcher Catherine Troutman waits for the throw during Schuylkill League softball action Monday, May 9. Hawk scored from second on a sacrifice fly to put Williams Valley up 3-1, powering to a 5-1 victory.

Williams Valley 5, Tri-Valley 1
TOWER CITY — Out of Williams Valley’s 16 wins this season, 15 of them have come with Tianna Yanoscak on the mound.
May 9 was no different as Yanoscak struck out seven and allowed one run on five hits to defeat crosstown rival Tri-Valley, dropping them to 14-4 on the season.
Yanoscak drew first blood offensively in the second inning, knocking Tri-Valley pitcher Kelsey Schwalm around with a two-run double that scored Rayanne Hawk and Kate Whelski.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when Jacey Roth reached base on an error and Maddie Horn picked up her first hit of the day with an RBI single.
Williams Valley put the game out of reach in the fifth when Yanoscak put one close to the fence in center. Horn caught it for the out, but Hawk, who was on second, tagged up and never looked back, scoring on the sacrifice to make it 3-1.
Another sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI single from Caitlyn Pinchorski and Williams Valley cruised to the victory.


UDA board faces tough choices

Raise taxes or cut programs

By Rob Wheary, Staff

ELIZABETHVILLE – Upper Dauphin faces some tough choices on its 2016-2017 budget, which might include a tax increase, funding solutions or furloughs for teachers.
During a public budget workshop on April 26, members of the school board sat down with district superintendent Evan Williams and business manager Mary Bateman to discuss how to balance a $19.4 million budget with a $1 million deficit.
The coming year’s budget features revenue that will remain the same as last year, but with an extra $1.4 million in expenses, 75 percent of that figure coming from rising costs in the Pennsylvania State Employee Retirement System funding costs, health insurance and cyberschool.
At the start of the meeting, board president David Barder talked about cyber school, saying that he doesn’t think it’s fair that school districts are paying astronomical amounts of money to students when there is no accountability in some cases.
“There should be an outside organization that polices the cyber schools and looks after the students and if there’s no progress, the money stops and they come back in-house. The school is not going to do it because they are pocketing so much money, but there should be accountability and showing improvement on a daily basis.”


Tower City Council looks to increase tax rate for fire protection

By Joan Schwer, Correspondent

TOWER CITY – Councilman and volunteer fireman Marcus Riddell informed council April 11 that a fire company representative wants to come to monthly meeting to give an oral report. He followed that request with a somber report of the financial condition of the fire company.
According to Riddell, the company’s equipment is getting old, and a new fire truck would cost between $250,000 and $350,000. Along with a new truck, the building would need to be modified at an estimated cost of $10,000. The most urgent need, however, is ten new air-packs at an estimated purchase price of $85,000.
“The volunteers spend countless hours at fires and fund raising,” said Riddell. “They train weekly. The company is a family.”