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Police say school burglary suspects could be male or female

From Staff Reports

Trooper David Bohm, Public Information Officer of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop L Reading, released an update, Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. to the police report concerning the burglary at Hegins-Hubley Elementary School.

Police now say the unknown actors could be male or female.

The school at 1801 West Main Street, was burglarized on February 18, between 1:55 a.m. and 2:16 a.m.  According to police, two people forced entry into the school by breaking a window. The two were wearing black hooded sweatshirts, dark pants, gloves, black hats, and had bandanas covering their faces. They also wore backpacks.

The persons were captured on surveillance footage. They left the school by prying open a door with a pry bar they had in a book bag. They fled the scene in an unknown direction by unknown means.

PSP K9 requested to sweep the school. It is unknown if anything was stolen at this time.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the two pictured individuals or the burglary should contact PSP Schuylkill Haven at 570-754-4600.

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Hegins-Hubley Elementary burglarized

By Staff Reports

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Two individuals were captured on video surveillance inside Hegins-Hubley Elementary School on February 18.

VALLEY VIEW – Two unknown individuals burglarized Hegins-Hubley Elementary School, 1801 West Main Street, on February 18, between 1:55 a.m. and 2:16 a.m.  According to police, two people forced entry into the school by breaking a window. The two were wearing black hooded sweatshirts, dark pants, gloves, black hats, and had bandanas covering their faces. They also wore backpacks.

The persons were captured on surveillance footage. They left the school by prying open a door with a pry bar they had in a book bag. They fled the scene in an unknown direction by unknown means.

PSP K9 requested to sweep the school. It is unknown if anything was stolen at this time.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the two pictured individuals or the burglary should contact PSP Schuylkill Haven at 570-754-4600.

See this week’s Citizen-Standard for more photos.

Hegins Twp. secretary ousted

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

VALLEY VIEW – Three of the Hegins Township Supervisors shocked Cathy Moyer, secretary/treasurer, by voting her out of her position during the reorganizational meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 2. Former County Commissioner Gary Hornberger, Hegins, was voted in as her replacement.

Moyer, who has been employed with the township since 2012 and previously from 2001 to 2006, was in disbelief and demanded to be given a reason why Supervisors Bruce Klouser, Gary Harner and Doug Lucas voted her out of her job.

“What did I do,” asked Moyer. “I have tried to work with all of you and I feel I have a right to know your reason for this action.”

Supervisor Chairman Harner said he didn’t need to give a reason. Supervisors Brad Carl and Mike Begis also questioned what the reason was for the action.

“I didn’t know there was an issue with Cathy and I certainly didn’t know her job was up for grabs,” said Begis. “If there was a job opening do we have other candidates to choose from besides your friend,” asked Begis.

Harner said it was advertised in the newspaper about the reorganization meeting.

The ad which ran in The Citizen-Standard Newspaper on December 28, stated the following: The Hegins Township Board of Supervisors’ Re-organization Meeting will be held on January 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Hegins Area Ambulance Association Building, Gap Street, Valley View, PA.

Moyer said Hornberger’s resume arrived at the township office about a week prior to the advertisement published in the newspaper.

Carl was concerned because Cathy went through a lot of training and does a lot of stuff for the township that he feels Hornberger may have no clue how to do. Carl also demanded a reason as to why this was happening.

Again Harner said I don’t have to give a reason.

“It’s a personnel issue and we don’t discuss that publicly,” said Harner.

Carl made a motion to enter into an executive session to discuss it, however, Harner refused stating that since the lawyer wasn’t present he was not entering an executive session.

“You three have no experience whatsoever when it comes to local government and you make all these rash decisions,” said Begis.

At that point, since Begis and Carl weren’t given any reason for Moyer’s dismissal and Harner refused an executive session, Begis stood up, pushed his chair in and said, “See ya tomorrow night, I’m done with this bullshit tonight.” He wished Cathy good luck and left the building.

Since no one was giving any reasons or explanations for the Moyer dismissal, The Citizen-Standard contacted the legal department of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association to inquire if Begis and Carl should have been aware this was going to come up prior to the meeting and if they should have had an opportunity to review Hornberger’s resume.

Attorney Melissa Melewsky offered the following statement: “Three supervisors constitute a quorum, and if the three held discussions about township business outside a public meeting or properly called executive session, it’s a Sunshine Act issue and there could be liability, criminal and civil. The Sunshine Act allows agencies to talk about specific personnel issues during an executive session, but all members of the board must be given at least 24 hours advance notice of the executive session, and the employee being discussed has the right to request that the discussion happen during a public meeting. Moreover, if there was a personnel executive session, the agency has to publicly announce the details either before the session took place or at the public meeting immediately after the session took place. No one should have been blindsided in this situation because the law sets out a very clear set of rules that govern elected officials’ conduct for deliberation of agency business and decision making.

There’s no way to know for sure if the three supervisors held private deliberations, but the decision to fire/hire bring their conduct into question. They need to address the situation publicly and explain when this issue was discussed, who was involved, and explain why the public, the employee and the other members of council were not involved.”

The next evening, January 3, the regular monthly meeting of the board of supervisors was held and again, Moyer asked for a reason while Hegins Township Solicitor Donald Karpovich was present.

“As your attorney, I’m advising you to not comment on this matter publicly unless you want to risk a law suit,” said Karpovich, to the board of supervisors. “No reason needs to be given.”

“She simply wasn’t reappointed, and no reason needs to be given,” said Karpovich. “It’s called politics and it happens all over the state.”

Prior to the Moyer debacle, at the reorganization meeting, Gary Harner was named chairman of the board of supervisors while vice-chairman position was changed from Carl to Bruce Klouser.

“Gary do you realize what you are doing,” asked Begis, referring to the appointment of Klouser as vice-chairman. “You realize if you miss a meeting, he has to run it, please don’t ever miss a meeting.”

Other appointments remained the same as the previous year.

Hegins Township Police looking for two theft suspects

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Ryan M. Sibel

HEGINS —Township Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted in connection with thefts in the area.

Warrants have been issued for Ryan Michael Sibel, 32, with a last known address of Hegins, and with John Michael Edwards, 32, with a last known address of Barry Township.

Police issued an active warrant for Sibel’s arrest on a felony count of receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit theft.

Sibel is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with long red hair and blue eyes.

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John M. Edwards

Edwards is sought on an arrest warrant on felony counts of failure to comply with registration requirements, conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property and receiving stolen property, misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking, theft by unlawful taking, and citations of criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of either individual is asked to contact the Hegins Township Police Department at 570-682-3133.

 

Carl comes under scrutiny for use of truck

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

VALLEY VIEW – With one supervisor accused of doing illegal activity and the road foreman being questioned why there are binoculars on the dashboard of the township truck, the Hegins Township Road Foreman’s report was interesting topic at last Wednesday’s supervisor’s meeting.

Chairman Supervisor Gary Harner questioned Supervisor Brad Carl who authorized him to help with a paving project in Deep Creek back in October? Harner noted that it states in the minutes from the January 2016 reorganization meeting minutes that a supervisor must be authorized by at least three of the supervisors in order to work for the township and will be compensated $12 per hour.

Harner said Carl helped with a paving project and had no authority to do so.

“Why are you bringing this up now, when this took place in October,” asked Carl. “Why, now Gary. What’s the problem with what I did for the township?”

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More technology for Upper Dauphin

Barder re-elected as school board president

By Robert Wheary, Staff Writer • csrobwheary@gmail.com

LOYALTON — Stemming from their purchase of Apple iPads for their students earlier this year, The Upper Dauphin Area School District is once again reinvesting in technology with a larger purchase.

At their meeting Dec. 5, the board voted to spend almost $70,000 on Apple-branded computers, based on a quote sought by superintendent Evan Williams that was set to expire on Dec. 10. The purchase will be for 13 five-packs of MacBook Air computers, 65 total, at a total cost of $64,200. Those computers will be used by the middle and elementary school teachers.

The district will also purchase five 21.5-inch iMac desktop computers at a total cost of $5,245. Those computers will be used for the student help desk initiative where students help to fix computer troubles, and in the elementary and middle school libraries.

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WV students help give cats a warm place to go

By Robert Wheary, Staff Writer • csrobwheary@gmail.com

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Rob Wheary/Staff Photo Students in the Williams Valley Elementary 21st Century Learning program work on their cat shelters during their after school program on Monday, Nov. 6. The students took plastic totes, styrofoam and hay to create cat shelters that will be used by volunteers to help provide a place for feral and homeless cats to be safe from winter weather and storms.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Students at Williams Valley Elementary School recently got the chance to help keep some four-legged friends safe from the winter weather with a craft project.

Fifth and sixth-grade students, part of the 21st Century Learning program at the school, teamed up with Paws for a Cause to construct some feral cat shelters that volunteers will be using.

The materials they used were simple — styrofoam, hay, and large plastic storage bins — but according to Angie Bixler, the kids are learning much more than a craft project.

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Found money saves the day

Transparency is an issue in twp.

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

VALLEY VIEW – Just when Hegins Township Supervisors were preparing to take out a loan to cover payroll until the end of the year, something wonderful happened – $176,000 was found in their coffers that they thought was already spent.

Apparently, a coding error in the computer system caused the glitch. At least that’s what Tammy Specht from Specht and Company told Hegins Township Secretary/Treasurer Cathy Moyer. Moyer said the money was discovered two weeks before the meeting when information was being gathered to begin working on the 2018 budget.

It was Specht who caught the error and reported it to the township that the money was actually in the system and was not accounted for properly.

As Moyer presented the treasurer report at last Wednesday evening’s meeting, township resident Roger Wetzel questioned where the money appeared from and how the bank statements didn’t reflect it.

Moyer tried to explain the situation to the best of her knowledge but also stressed that she too is still learning Quickbooks, the accounting program used by the township.

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Eagle Scout vision is a reality

Children enjoy new area at Hegins-Hubley

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

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Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo Micah Ulicny, was all smiles as he visited the all-inclusive playground and played with Richard Klare III. Ulicny created the playground as his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 662, Valley View. Bo Neidlinger is also pictured on the swings.

VALLEY VIEW – Micah Ulicny, an Eagle Scout hopeful of Boy Scout Troop 662 was all smiles while his mom was choked up. The two visited the all inclusive playground at Hegins-Hubley Elementary School and witnessed the children playing on the equipment for the first time Friday morning.
Micah, a senior at Tri-Valley High School first approached Kate Herb, the special education teacher at the elementary level, about a year ago and asked her what is something that her kids could really use. He was in the planning stages of coming up with an Eagle Scout Project.
“We had this space right outside the classroom window that I always thought would be an awesome spot for an all-inclusive playground,” said Herb. “This would be an ideal spot for a calming area to bring my kids outdoors and just let them do their thing and play and not have to worry about the noise and hustle and bustle of the main playground.”

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Arts and Crafts Faire this weekend at Hegins Park

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor • rebecca-z@citizenstandard.com

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Submitted Photo Briana Jones displays some of the items she has crafted from Pistachio shells.

HEGINS – One might say she’s nuts, but actually she’s really only interested in the shell of a nut. A pistachio nut that is.
Briana Jones, a Minerville native, who now resides in Rutherford, New Jersey, will be making her inaugural appearance at the 28th Annual Hegins Valley Arts and Craft Faire on Saturday.
Jones will be selling her flowers, home decor and Christmas ornaments that she has crafted from Pistachio nut shells.
“I saw something on Pinterest about six years ago and then kind of forgot about it until recently,” said Jones, who has been crafting for years. “I finally found it again and began making mostly flowers and now Christmas balls out of the Pistachio shells.
The Pistachio is protected by a thin, ivory-colored bony shell that is about one inch in length and a half inch in diameter and this is what Jones makes her items out of.
“My grandmother gives Pistachio’s out at the holidays because my entire family is ‘nuts’ over them,” said Jones. “They just love them and they all save the shells for me to make my crafts.”
Jones says she can craft a medium sized flower in a matter of minutes, however, the Christmas ornaments are wearing on her patience. She says they take hours to create. She uses a hot glue gun and fabric dye to craft her creations.
Jones will be located at site 224 near the end of the main path closest to Goodspring Road.
The event will feature more than 225 carefully selected craftsmen from Pennsylvania and nearby states. The faire is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is free, but there is a $2 parking fee which benefits the Hegins Park.
Besides the creative, fascinating, unique craft items that shoppers will find, they will also be able to satisfy their taste buds with different, interesting cuisine. Several new food vendors have been added to this year’s event and include: BBQ chicken halves made by the VFW sold by the Friends of The Tri-Valley Community Pool. The cost is $6 a half and proceeds will benefit the pool.
The Valley View American Legion will be offering loaded baked potatoes and pierogies.
We Be Cheesin will be on hand this year with a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Erdman Bakery will be making homemade kettle potato chips.
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with breakfast being served by St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in the eating house at the park. They will offer ham, bacon, eggs, homefries, pancakes, toast, egg sandwiches, orange juice, coffee and milk.
Besides the food items listed above, the normal faire will also be available including: apple dumplings, pulled pork, braided pretzels, birch beer, kettle corn, donuts, fried rice, soups, fudge, french fries, hamburgers, tacos, sausage sandwiches, chicken kabobs, funnel cakes, Mr. Sticky and pizza.
The craft faire committee compiled of: Dorothy Klouser, Joyce Schlegel, Cindy Herring, Patty Stehr, Lois Graham, Tricia Zimmerman, Nancy Blazer, Debra Blazer, Kathryn Otto, Ann Bonwit, Jody Mack, Jennifer Neye, Beverly Klinger, Lois Bennick, and Carol Masser have been busy planning the event throughout the year. They meet monthly to prepare, discuss and invite vendors to participate in the event. They also spend time visiting other craft fairs to seek out new craft and food vendors and get new ideas for their event.
The Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire Committee will be offering chances on raffle baskets at the event again this year. Each craft vendor is required to donate an item to the committee. The committee then takes the items and arranges them in gift baskets which chances are sold for and then raffled off throughout the event.
Funds garnered from the craft faire are divided among 14 community organizations. To date the committee has donated more than $210,000
No dogs are allowed at the craft faire; service dogs only. Hegins Park is located six miles west on Route 25 from Exit 112 of I-81. Watch for the signs.
For more information, call 570-682-9541 or 570-682-8181.