SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - On Wednesday Night, participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy - Schuylkill program presented their business ideas to a panel of 11 investors before a crowd of over 100, including two from upper Schuylkill County.
The event, held in the Health and Wellness Building at Penn State Schuylkill, is part of Phase Two of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program.
The 30-week program, open to students in Schuylkill County in grades 6-12, is intended to teach students about the aspects of business - marketing, planning, research, etc. Students generate business ideas and learned how to pursue them. Tuesday Night, they were given the chance to compete for funding for their ideas. Students also had the opportunity to earn a spot in the YEA Northeast Region Saunders Scholar competition, held in May in Rochester, NY.
SHENANDOAH - Shenandoah Borough Council held its March meeting on Monday evening. Among the topics discussed were borough garbage guidelines and several topics raised in the wake of Winter Storm Stella, including concerns about residents piling snow on the porches of abandoned properties.
"Please, when you're shoveling your snow, do not, if you have an abandoned home next to you, do not put the snow on the abandoned property's porch." Mayor Andrew Szczyglak stated. "If there's an emergency, that emergency personnel need to get into that property, there's no possible way they're going to get in. They put snow on the front porches, and it's covering all the way up to the porch roof."
Szczyglak added that anyone caught putting snow on abandoned properties, citations will be issued.
Council Vice President Leo Pietkiewicz offered an explanation on the borough's garbage guidelines, which had previously been vague.
Pietkiewicz explained that the guidelines to be used from now on require residents/landlords in the borough that hire a private garbage collector to provide the borough with weekly receipts which prove the garbage was collected and disposed of properly.
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MAHANOY CITY - North Main Street, Route 339, are closed, and much of Mahanoy City's north side has been evacuated as the Kaier Brewery nears collapse.
Around noon on Tuesday, demolition crews working to demolish the borough-owned building discovered structural issues with the building, prompting crews to cease operations.
"At approximately 12:15 today, they started to deconstruct the building, started to take it down, and shortly after that happened, the building started to list, so they backed out right away and called in engineers." David Truskowsky, Public Information Officer for the Mahanoy City Fire Department stated. "The engineers are currently evaluated the situation, but we had about 12 people that had to be displaced because we set up a 300 foot perimeter around the building, and they're going to be put up in a hotel, thanks to the Red Cross.
Fire Officials say the building will come down soon, whether controlled or not.
"It is going to come down in short order, when that is, I'm not sure. We'd prefer it come down in a controlled manner" Truskowsky stated.
The Borough of Mahanoy City acquired the building, and received grants to fund its demolition and the construction of a park in its place. Demolition began in late February and was ongoing until today.
Throughout the day, bricks and debris could be seen falling from the building periodically.
Currently, North Main Street, Route 339 from Brandonville to Mahanoy City, and Park Place Road are closed to traffic.
Mahanoy City Police, Mahanoy City Fire, and Hometown Fire Police were at the scene to direct traffic and for crowd control.
The Kaier's Brewery was operational from 1862 to 1967, and was once a regional landmark. The brewery has been abandoned since, and, unlike it's Shenandoah counterpart, the Columbia Brewery, which also closed in the late 1960s, it has remained standing since.
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GILBERTON - Four are displaced following an early morning fire in the borough of Gilberton on Monday.
Around 2am, fire crews from Gilberton, Shenandoah, Frackville, Englewood, and Mahanoy City were called to a single home at 14 Draper Street.
Arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the residence.
Water issues brought a tanker task force to the scene, consisting of units from Shenandoah, Gordon, Ryan Township, and Fountain Springs.
By 4:30am, most fire crews were clear of the scene.
Frackville EMS treated one person for minor burns, and the American Red Cross is assisting the four occupants of the residence.
In total, emergency crews from Gilberton, Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, Ashland, Frackville, Englewood, Ryan Township, and Fountain Springs responded to the incident.
GIRARDVILLE - The owner of a deteriorating property which prompted Girardville officials to close a road since January has started a GoFundMe to fund its demolition, citing financial difficulties.
In January, 205 North Second Street appeared to be nearing collapse, prompting Girardville officials to close a block of Second Street as a precaution to pedestrians and passing traffic.
This isn't the first time a building's condition has closed this road.
In August 2016, the property next door to 205 North Second Street, damaged by fire, neared collapse as well. That property, owned by Alediah Waleed Saleh, of Belmont, New York, has since been demolished.
However, 205 North Second Street, owned by Will Schultz of Ashland, is still standing.
ALTAMONT- West Mahanoy Township Police have filed charges against three individuals following a February 15th incident at a township motel.
On February 15th, State Police notified West Mahanoy Township police that a wanted person may be staying at the Motel 6 in Altamont.
Police arrived to serve the arrest warrant, to find three wanted individuals in the motel room.
Following a search of the room, police discovered and seized over $5,000, approximately 80 grams of methamphetamine, and a large amount of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.
Charged in the incident were: Luis A. Mateo-Delgado, 55, of Reading, Berks County, Amanda Marie Horner, 33, of Reading, Berks County, and Rance Young, 31, of Lancaster, Lancaster County.
Mateo-Delgado is charged with Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Conspiracy - Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession/use of drug paraphernalia, among other charges. Mateo-Delgado is awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Christina Hale, Frackville, set for March 22nd.
Horner is charged with False Identification to Law Enforcement, Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Conspiracy - Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession/use of drug paraphernalia, among other charges. Horner is currently being held in Schuylkill County Prison, unable to post $10,000 bail. Horner's preliminary hearing is set for March 9th before Magisterial District Judge Hale.
Young is charged with Tampering with Evidence and Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Young is awaiting a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Hale on March 22nd.
Assisting West Mahanoy Township police at the scene were officers from Frackville, Girardville, Schuylkill County, and the state parole office.