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Saturday, January 17, 2015

HARRISBURG - Rep. Mike Vereb is calling it "beergate."

The transition team of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, a Democrat, banned Yuengling beer from his inaugural bash in Hershey on Tuesday because company President Richard Yuengling supported anti-union legislation, Vereb claims.

The Montgomery County Republican terms it "un-American to turn down free beer."

Yuengling supported right-to-work legislation, which prohibits a company and a union from signing a contract that would require the affected workers to be union members.

Right-to-work bills stalled in the last session.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Carbon County commissioners approved:

Ÿ The resignation/retirement of Ted Nagle of Weatherly from the Carbon County Planning Commission.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Heroin was the main topic at the monthly Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association meeting Wednesday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

Police chiefs who are available meet monthly to discuss various topics. Five current police chiefs and a retired police chief met Wednesday to discuss naloxone kits that are available for law enforcement to use in the event of a heroin overdose. Paramedics have been using naloxone, a drug that acts to block the effect of heroin, for more than 30 years.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau held its annual holiday dinner last month at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

In the tradition of holiday giving, the bureau finalized an endowment to East Stroudsburg University that will provide scholarships to students studying hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

The Bob Uguccioni Endowed Scholarship Fund is established to perpetuate the legacy of Bob Uguccioni, who served as the bureau's executive director for over 40 years, and ensure the future success of Pocono Mountains tourism.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

HARRISBURG The state Superior Court has upheld the lengthy prison sentence for a Hazleton man who was convicted of carjacking a woman at gunpoint along Interstate 81 in Rice Township.

Leonard Montalvo-Rivera, 32, of South Poplar Street, was convicted Nov. 1, 2013, in a non-jury trial before Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni III on charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit theft, simple assault and two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Do you know a small-business owner with an amazing success story to tell but just didn't have enough time over the holidays to submit a nomination? The deadline for local eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Week Awards has been extended to Feb. 27.

Submit your nomination today by mail or in person at SBA's Philadelphia District Office, Parkview Tower, 1150 1st Ave., Ste. 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19460. You may also email your submission to robert.goza@sba.gov. Awards must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. ET Feb. 27.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Dr. Karen Rice

Dr. Karen Rice has been named as the cabinet fellow on the president's administrative board at Millersville University.

She takes the place of Dr. Richard Clark who was the first cabinet fellow and served in that position for the past year.

The position was created with the intent of offering professional development to department chairs who might be interested in career advancement as an academic or university administrator. Cabinet fellows gain firsthand experience in the workings of university administration.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Kenneth A. Blanchard

By now we have all settled into the New Year and have either given up on our new year's resolutions or dug deep to find the willpower to get up at 5 a.m. for a sweaty yoga class. Those of us who are still going strong are committed.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Carbon County is weighing its options on the covered bridge in Lower Towamensing Township.

Last Monday, the board announced that the bridge's height restriction barrier had been struck and damaged by an oversized vehicle.

On Thursday, Commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein said that since announcing the damage, the county has received phone calls from neighboring municipalities as well as a contractor who are willing to help fix the problem.

"We have to decide what we will do," he said, noting that they need to speak with the county engineer about their options.