Day: November 18, 2016

Tri-Valley graduate addresses veterans


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Area veterans pose for a group shot after the 15th annual Veteran’s Day program at Tri-Valley High School on Nov. 11. Students and teachers prepared a special lunch for the veterans before the program in appreciation for their service to our country in war and peace time.

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

HEGINS – Capt. Jen Renninger remembers sitting where the students of Tri-Valley High School sat on Nov. 11, listening to the speakers during the annual Veteran’s Day program at the school.
This year, the 1999 graduate was in front of the students and a group of local veterans speaking to them all.
“I remember running the halls with Mr. McDonald, getting in shape for the service. Little did I know we would be back together in Iraq,” Renninger said.


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Capt. Jennifer Renninger, the deputy state surgeon for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and a 1999 graduate of Tri-Valley High School, returned to her alma mater on Nov. 11 to speak at the Veteran’s Day program at the school Nov. 11. Renninger spoke about her time in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005 and 2006 during her speech.

Renninger shared videos with the students of her time in Ramadi, Iraq, serving in a medical unit in 2005 and 2006.
“We treated 11,000 soldiers in the field, 2,000 of them being trauma cases and airlifted 83 soldiers and two dogs for further treatment,” Renninger said.
Renninger, who is now a physician’s assistant and the deputy state surgeon for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, told the students for their future to find that one thing they love and go for it. For her, it was her time in the military.
“I’ve traveled all over the country and around the world and my life has changed for the better because of it,” Renninger said. “I want to leave you with a quote I love to live by, ‘Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’re willing to look beyond the imperfection.’”
Also offering remarks at the program was State Rep. Mike Tobash, who said this was his 15th year with attending the program.


Resident questions council minutes

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

TREMONT – The Tremont Borough Council meeting began Tuesday, Nov. 8, with a warning from Council President James Scheibley that those in attendance were expected to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.
Scheibley said he would not tolerate outbursts such as occurred at last month’s meeting.
That being said, borough resident Jerry Fasnacht questioned why some items weren’t included in the borough minutes.
He said comments he made at a previous meeting about Paulette and Dan weren’t included and he wanted to know why.
Shea Lucas, borough secretary, explained to Fasnacht that she only included factual matters in the minutes.


Betty F. Krause

Betty F. Krause, 88, of Schuylkill Haven and Pine Grove, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Golden LivingCenter-York Terrace, Pottsville.

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Vikings rally for title

Williams Valley scores 20 in last five minutes for District XI title

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Dylan Rabuck runs over Marian’s Mike Neary for what ended up being Williams Valley’s first touchdown en route to a 34-31 come-from-behind victory in the District XI Class A championship game Nov. 11. Rabuck rushed for 219 yards in the game and went over the 2,000-yard mark for the season.

PINE GROVE – The 2016 District XI Class A title game will be one that many will remember for a long time to come.
Those that left the game early missed an incredible effort by the Williams Valley Vikings, erasing a 17-point deficit in the final five minutes to win the championship with a 34-31 win over Marian at Cardinal Stadium, Pine Grove.
“It’s very important to me that every class has a district gold medal, and this is the fourth year for the senior class, so we wanted to get this one for them,” Williams Valley coach Tim Savage said. “The kids answered the call tonight. These kids have a drive that I don’t see in a lot of teams.
With Marian’s Ethan Kuczynski scoring on a 66-yard touchdown run to make the score 31-14 with seven minutes to play and Williams Valley being intercepted by the Marian defense, hope was slipping away from the Vikings.