Proclamations were adopted honoring two Eagle Scouts and seven children from Schuylkill County as "Keystone Shining Stars" by the Schuykill County Commissioners at Wednesday's public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.
Nathaniel Christian Marino, a freshman student at Blue Mountain High School and active member of Orwigsburg Boy Scout Troop 624, earned 32 merit badges, including the Arrow of Light, Pennsylvania Conservation Award, Kittatinny Award, Polar Bear Award, Mile Swim Award, Kayaking Award, and a Religious Award. His Eagle Scout Service Project was reconditioning and reassembling a large wooden playground structure and landscaping the playground area at Kimmel's Church in North Manheim Township.
Anthony R. Kaledas, a member of Boy Scout Troop 607 in Pottsville, won his Eagle Scout by placing 16 trail marking posts at a conservation area called "Frog Hollow" which is used by Pottsville area groups for nature walks.
Seven pre-school toddlers appeared and were presented certificates of achievement for being named "Shining Stars" through the Keystone Stars 10th anniversary. The children were nominated by their parents, teachers, directors and therapists for their improvements in early learning. Commissioner Frank Staudenmeir referred to the children as the county's most "valuable and cherished population."
A proclamation was adopted designating the week of April 22 through 28 as "The Week of the Young Child."
The seven "Shining Stars" from the county are, Gavin Blackwell, 4, who attends the Child Development Inc., Tamaqua; Khuslen "Julia" Dashdondog, Schuylkill Haven; Garrett Lunger, Pine Grove; Joshua Tobin, Pine Grove; Lyla Salvadore, Fountain Springs; Logan Fisher, Duncott Village, Cass Township; and Riley Sophy, Pottsville.
The commissioners appointed John Powell, Pottsville, to a three-year term beginning April 26 through Sept. 15, 2015, on the Luzerne/Schuylkill workforce investment board and reappointed the following:
Ÿ Karen Kenderdine, vice president, First National Bank, Pottsville, currently serves as vice chairperson of the board, serves on the executive committee and is active in the finance committee.
Ÿ Darlene J. Robbins, president of NEPA Manufacturers and Employers Association, Pottsville, is currently chairperson of the performance and evaluation committee and is on the executive committee.
Ÿ Christopher Snyder, representative of United Schuylkill County, Minersville, is co-chairman of the youth council committee.
Ÿ Paul Straka, assistant county administrator, serves as treasurer, financial committee and executive committee.
Ÿ Kristine Verva, Human Resource Manager, Wegman's, Pottsville, serves on performance and evaluation committee.
Ÿ Frank Zukas, president of Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, Pottsville, is co-chairman of the planning and development committee.
Bids are being solicited on behalf of Rest Haven Home and Hospital, a county operated institution in Schuylkill Haven, for medical supplies.
A contract with Orwigsburg ambulance was extended to provide services to Rest Haven Home at a increase cost of $12,500. The contract expiration date is May 31.
Contracts were entered with three companies to provide services to the Children and Youth Service Agency.
Cornell Abraxas Group, PIttsburgh, to provide a female program at $208.24 per day; Luzerne County Children and Youth Services, Wilkes-Barre, for foster care maintenance a $24 per day and clothing at $1.59 per day and allowance at $20 per unit cost; Donegal Centre, Donegal, Westmoreland County, residential living at $190.03 per day and independent living at $163.26 per day.
Families United Network, Muncy, for specialized level III medical foster care at $34.38 per day, outcome focused foster care at $91.91 per day and emergency shelter at $198.16 per day.
Larissa Russell, Auburn, was appointed to the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board for three years ending April 25, 2015. She is currently employed as a school social worker in the District-Located Special Education Program run by the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29. She has a Master of Social Work Degree from Temple University.
The board renewed the current coal land lease agreement for another year with White Pine Coal Company Inc., for mining on county land in Reilly Township. Payment in royalties for the past year was $8,184 and for the total life of the lease, $82,756.16. The county is paid $3 per ton mine in royalty payments.
Robert Carl Jr., Orwigsburg, was appointed to the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority Board to fill the unexpired term of Jason Gherghel, Orwigsburg, who resigned. The term ends Dec. 31, 2012.
In personnel matters:
Ÿ District Attorney – Attorney Andrew Serina, Tamaqua, resigned as an assistant district attorney; Janice Huth, Frackville, was promoted from juvenile court where she served as coordinator of victim-witness program to victim-witness director at $38,570 per year; and Patricia Joseph was promoted from victim-witness assistant to victim-witness coordinator at $28,931 per year.
Ÿ Sheriff's Office – Neil King, Pottsville, and Michael Stramara, Orwigsburg, hired as unpaid interns in the Sheriff's Office.
Ÿ County Prison – Joshua Richmond, Frackville, resigned as a correctional officer.
Ÿ Public Defender's Office – Canniel Gomez Terrero, Frackville, and Patrick Roach, Schuylkill Haven, hired as unpaid interns.
Ÿ Juvenile Probation Department – Tiffany Miller, Cressona, resigned as fiscal/administrative assistant.
Ÿ Coroner's Office – Michelle Hueston, Saint Clair, hired as per diem deputy coroner investigator.
Ÿ Office of Senior Services – Brittany Lawall, Barnesville, and Brendan Schuettler, Pottsville, were promoted from county social casework interns to aging care manager 2 at $14.36 per hour.
Ÿ Maintenance Department – Michael Collins, Schuylkill Haven, retired after 39 years of service.
Ÿ Rest Haven Home – Anita Keller, Saint Clair, and Gloria Wolfe, Frackville, hired as part time licensed practical nurses at $15.99 per hour; Lori Cascarino, Barnesville, hired as per diem activities director at $16.56 per hour; Amanda Nagle, Schuylkill Haven; Roxanne Perazzo, Pottsville, and Rebecca Phelps, Tremont, transferred from part time nurse's aides to full time nurse's aides at $11.72 per hour and Bobbi Mclintock, Pottsville, resigned a full time nurse's aide.