H AVEN                            HIGHLIGHTS
   No. 27 – Issued Quarterly             BOROUGH OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, PA                           November 2010

                          Parade, open house, tree lighting – Nov. 28

  Celebrate the Holidays in Little Town that Could
Christmas parade and open house
   Spend an afternoon in downtown Schuylkill Haven
and kick off the holiday in wonderful fashion.
   The Christmas parade returns this year on Sunday,
Nov. 28 starting at 2 p.m. The parade will form by the
high school and proceed down Main to St. John St.,
up St. John to Williams St., down Williams to Parkway,
and up Parkway to Main St. where the parade will dis-
perse. Anyone wishing to enter the parade can contact
Vicky at Lewis News, 385-2460.
   Also that day from 1 till 4:30 p.m., downtown
businesses will host an open house.
Christmas tree lighting
    The annual community Christmas tree lighting
will be held on Sunday, Nov. 28, starting at 5 p.m. at     LITTLE HURRICANES SING AT TREE LIGHTING
the first plot on Parkway.                               official tree lighters.
    Decorated again this year the old-fashioned way,         A free will offering will help offset the cost of the
more than 1,500 colored bulbs will twinkle on the        tree lights.
tree.                                                        Following the tree lighting on Parkway, Hess
    Pastor Bob Berry of the Church of the Nazarene       Catering at River and St. John streets will host its
will lead the service and the Little Hurricanes will     annual treat of complimentary coffee, hot chocolate,
sing, along with a group carol sing.                     punch, hot dogs, soup and cookies. Santa will also
    This year’s event is in memory of the Rev. Rose      have a special gift for the kids. Don’t miss it.
Hoffman, who died this past year. For close to 30
years, Rev. Rose worked hard to ensure this event        Community children’s Christmas party
was held every year in Schuylkill Haven. The tree on         The annual children’s Christmas party will be held
Parkway stands as a tribute to her life of service to    Saturday, Dec. 4 at the recreation center on Haven St.
this community. The Hoffman family will serve as the     The Schuylkill Haven Recreation Department and the
                                                         Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association
                                                         are sponsoring the event in two sessions. The morn-
                                                         ing session runs from 10 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. and the
                                                         afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
                                                             The party is open to all children up to 10 years
                                                                                           – Continued on Page 2

                                                               On the inside . . .
                                                             Mayor’s Message ........................... Pg.        4
                                                             Spirit Awards ................................. Pg.    7
                                                             Library Funds Appeal .................. Pg.            8
                                                             Get Ready for Winter ................... Pg.          10
                                                             Daydreams of the Historian ....... Pg.                19
              Holiday Events Make Town Shine Bright
– Continued from Page 1                                  that do an excellent job decorating their properties
                                                         for the season. We will award more than 90 com-
of age living within the Borough                         memorative ornaments and certificates. This year’s
or attending Schuylkill Haven Area                       ornament is a door.
School District or St. Ambrose School.                       Judging takes place from Thanksgiving Day, Nov.
Register by calling 385-1313 or                          25, thru Dec.19.
visit the recreation center by                               A panel of judges will drive around town on
December 1. A registration                               Sunday, Dec. 19 starting around 5 p.m. to present
form is included on the back                             ornaments and certificates to the winners. (Have your
of this newsletter.                                      holiday lights on!)
    There will be entertain-                                 Catch the holiday spirit and make Schuylkill Haven
ment, crafts and food, plus                              the best-decorated town around. We also welcome
each child will receive a piece of                       nominations! Call the mayor’s office at 385-3450.
fruit and a Christmas stocking.
Arrive early! Activities will begin promptly.

                                                            Mayor’s Beautification Awards
Holly Trail
    In memory of the Rev. Rose Hoffman on Saturday,

                                                                 BE HAVEN PROUD!
Dec. 11, the Holly Trail begins at 2 p.m. This holiday
tour features several Schuylkill Haven area homes
including the Stone House Bed and Breakfast.
                                                               Each quarter this award recognizes three
    Tea follows at the First United Church of Christ,
                                                            homes or businesses whose owners have done an
Rt. 61 by Penn State. Tickets cost $10 and may be
                                                            excellent job maintaining and landscaping their
purchased at Hess Catering, Lewis News Agency, and
borough hall. Proceeds benefit projects run by the
                                                               2010 Third Quarter Awards – Congratulations!
Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association.
                                                            Thank you for being Schuylkill Haven proud!
Mayor’s holiday home awards                                                    Our recipients are:
    Make Schuylkill Haven glow for the holidays! For             Choplick residence – 50 Moorenoll Street
the fifth year we will recognize homes or businesses
                                                                   Krutulis residence – 403 High Street
                                                                 Conville residence – 21 North Berne Street

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                            A Message from the Mayor
                          As 2010 rapidly comes to a      Eventful summer
                      close, we can reflect on the many       Wow! What a summer! Here’s a recap of the fan-
                      successful events held this year    tastic events held in our Borough.
                      in our Borough that overcame a          Movies in the Park – Schuylkill Haven Lions pro-
                      challenging economy.                vided fun-filled family movie nights at Bubeck Park,
                          We, as a community, con-        one in June and one in July. Unfortunately, rain can-
                      tinue to move forward positively    celled the August showing.
                      in working to achieve our goals,        Dancing in the Streets – On August 27, the
                      build on our foundation and         Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association
                      move ever closer to the revital-    hosted a welcome back dance for students of Penn
                      ization of Schuylkill Haven.        State Schuylkill in the M&T Bank parking lot. Students
                          Back in 2004-05 when the        enjoyed food and refreshments along with musical
    Gary Hess         economic revitalization study
       Mayor                                              entertainment and received information about busi-
                      was undertaken, benchmarks          nesses and services available in Schuylkill Haven.
were set for the Island, Walk-In Center, Penn State           Farmer’s Market – The market ran every Thursday
Schuylkill, Schuylkill River and downtown business        from June to October in the municipal parking lot.
district. The goals set may have looked unreachable       The Schuylkill Haven Business Association and Janice
and some said they will never happen. But again, we       and Tessa Sickinger, chairpersons, coordinated this
proved to the naysayers that with positive thinking,      year’s market. The farmer’s market will return next
persistence and cooperation, it is possible. In     the   year, possibly at its former location in the Borough
next newsletter I will report in more detail on each of   Hall parking lot.
these benchmarks. We encourage more people to get             Mystery Dinner Theater – The newly formed Our
involved. If you wish to help in any of these endeav-     Haven Foundation, a group of community volunteers
ors, contact me.                                          committed to stimulating growth and vitality in our
    To the many volunteers who headed up commit-          central business district, sponsored a murder mystery
tees and gave countless hours to Schuylkill Haven,        dinner theater at the recreation center on September
your work will not go unnoticed, as our dream IS          11. More than 90 people attended the event that
within reach. Our work is far from done, but our best     raised money for the organization.
days are still ahead.

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                           A Message from the Mayor
                                                         successful festival to date.
                                                              Paid attendance topped 2,300 people and profit to
                                                         support the Island came in just under $10,000.
                                                              Borough Day – The 22nd annual Borough Day
                                                         was held September 25. The day could not have been
                                                         better. Great weather, large attendance and a bounty
                                                         of food and entertainment provided fun for all ages.
                                                         Many sponsors and volunteers displayed Schuylkill
                                                         Haven pride and spirit.
                                                              In closing, I would like to recognize Jan Schaeffer,
                                                         foreman of the water treatment plant who retired in
                                                         September after 39 years of service. Congratulations,
                                                         Jan, and many years of happiness to you and your
                                                         family. Thank you for your dedicated service to our
     LOTS OF FUN AT ISLAND PARK FESTIVAL                      As Thanksgiving approaches, let us be thank-
    White Rose Productions staged the show               ful for what we have received and may the future
“Hillbillies from Hell,” and food providers from         be bountiful. Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving
town—Millie’s Kitchen at the Uptown Tavern, Hess         blessed with family and friends.
Catering, Valenti’s Restaurant and Luckenbill’s Family        Remember to take part in the holiday events
Restaurant—served “A Taste of Haven” buffet. Vicky       planned in the Borough. Check them out in this edi-
Norris and her committee are planning another din-       tion of Haven Highlights.
ner theater in March.                                         From the Hess family—Sandy, Christine, Gary II,
    Island Park Festival – The fourth annual Island      Elyse and myself—we wish our neighbors, family and
Park Festival on August 21 was blessed with great        friends a blessed holiday season and a prosperous
weather, fabulous entertainment, scrumptious food        New Year. Merry Christmas to all and may the season
and refreshments, many sponsors, volunteers, plus        be bright, safe and filled with happiness. God bless,
the support of all who attended, to make it the most     till next time.
                                                                                            – Gary J. Hess, Mayor

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                          Recreation Department News
    Elvis was in the house for a dinner show at
the senior citizen’s center. Elvis impersonator Andy
Svrcek treated the crowd to more than two hours
of Elvis’s greatest hits. He ended his show by tak-
ing requests and singing even the lesser known Elvis
tunes. All are looking forward to a return engage-
ment. Check www.schuylkillhavenrecreation.com
for details when a date and time is finalized.
    The fall soccer season has concluded. Eleven
teams ranging in ages from four to preteen along with
parents and siblings were treated to an awards ban-
quet. Each player received a medal for participation
in the program.
    The recreation department is now accepting res-
ervations for rental of the facilities at Bubeck Park in

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  Tiffany Lighting Sale                                                   Advisory Meeting
                                                                     The next meeting of the Schuylkill Haven Mayor’s
                                                                 Advisory Committee is Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in
                                                                 council chambers at the recreation center on Haven
                                                                 St. This is a town meeting open to all citizens.
                   Route 61,                                         All departments give progress reports, and there
                375 Center Ave.                                  is an open forum for concerns and questions per-
                Schuylkill Haven                                 taining to the Borough. Your input is welcome and
                                                                 important. Plan to attend. Light refreshments follow

                                                                 the meeting.
                                                                     The advisory committee has openings. Anyone
                                                                 interested in serving can contact Mayor Gary Hess at
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                        Schuylkill Haven Spirit Award
                      Third Quarter 2010 Recipients
    The Schuylkill Haven Spirit Award recognizes
unsung heroes of the Borough who go out of their
way to help others. The person could be a family
member or neighbor, someone in your church, a fire-
fighter, policeman, emergency responder or someone
in your club or service organization.
Reta Rhoades and Pat Johns
    Reta and Pat have been members of the Girl
Scouts for more than 50 years. Those involved in Girl
Scouts cannot think of scouting without thinking of
them. They have not only made an impression on
many girls’ lives, but have shared their knowledge,
experience and Girl Scout traditions with leaders to
carry on to future generations.
Carter Koch                                                 DAIRY VOLUNTEERS AND BOROUGH OFFICIALS
     During the past two years, Carter was instrumen-     Employees mulched, painted, repaired or replaced equip-
tal in the success of Island Festival. The week before    ment and held a grand reopening and summer kickoff.
the event, he was the first one on site every day to      Lehigh Valley Dairy was also helpful at Island Park Festival
help set up. He also volunteered the entire day of the    and Borough Day and is a symbol of community service
festival and helped clean up the next day. Carter, only   and spirit.
13 years old, exemplified youth in action and making           Citizens can nominate an unsung hero by sending a
a difference in the community.                            letter stating why they believe this person should be rec-
                                                          ognized. Each winner receives a certificate presented at
Lehigh Valley Dairy                                       the quarterly mayor’s advisory meeting.
    A community-minded company, Lehigh Valley Dairy            Nominations should be sent to Borough Hall, 12 West
revamped the Willow Street playground this summer.        Main St., Schuylkill Haven, PA; Attention: Mayor Gary Hess.

                         Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library
Support Appeal                                                                    As a result, the Library must cut costs by this amount
    The 2011 annual fund drive for the Schuylkill                                 or increase its revenue from present avenues or look
Haven Free Public Library is currently underway.                                  for new sources. The answer, of course, is to do all of
Decreased state funding has required the trustees                                 these things.
and officers to look at every aspect of library opera-                                The Library is ever so grateful to the Schuylkill
tions for ways to cut costs while maintaining, and                                Haven Borough Council and School Board for their
improving where possible, the important services our                              generous support of $30,000 and $5,200 respectively,
patrons have come to expect.                                                      but the Library’s 2011 operating budget projects a
    State aid for the Schuylkill Haven Library will                               need of $117,705.
again be reduced in 2011 ($3,105 less than the 2010                                   In order to continue to serve its 8,000 patrons
appropriation). The shortfall for both 2010 and 2011                              with free services, including children’s programs, vid-
will total $11,136 below the previous funding levels.                             eos, books, newspapers, and access to computers and

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                                                                                  support to meet the community’s needs in 2011.
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                                        Here’s my                                 the annual fund drive mailing asking for your finan-
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     A Town’s Spirit Reflected Through Its Churches
St. John’s United Church of Christ
    St. John’s, centrally located at the corner of Main
and Dock streets in downtown Schuylkill Haven, wel-
comes everyone to join them for worship and events.
    Worship services are held at 9 a.m. every Sunday.
Holy Communion will be offered November 28,
December 24, January 2, and February 6. Fellowship
time with refreshments will follow the service on
December 12. The church is handicapped accessible.
    Church school begins at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday
for all ages. Children participate in “Footsteps of
Faith,” an exciting hands-on learning experience.
    Bible study is held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
    All are welcome to attend these upcoming events:
    Nov. 21 – Annual memorial service will be held on
Christ the King Sunday to honor members who have
died during the past church year.
    Nov. 28 – Advent begins with Holy Communion
at the 9 a.m. worship service. Fellowship and refresh-
ments are offered as all join in to “Deck the Halls”              Jan. 9 – Gather for a time of fellowship and
beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a covered dish luncheon          refreshments following the 9 a.m. service as everyone
in the fellowship hall followed by decorating the             prepares to “Undeck the Halls.”
church for the Christmas season.                                  Feb. 13 – Annual Valentine’s party for all ages
    Dec. 19 – The annual Christmas cantata will be            featuring food, fun, music and games will be held in
performed by the combined choirs from St. John’s              fellowship hall from 5 to 8 p.m.
and Zion’s Red Church at the 9 a.m. service.                      Learn more about St. John’s by calling 385-3080;
    Dec. 24 – Two services will be held on Christmas          e-mailing stjohnsucc@losch.net; or visiting www.stjohn-
Eve: a 7 p.m. family service with Holy Communion and          sreformed.com. Also watch the sign on the front lawn
an 11 p.m. candlelight service with Holy Communion.           for upcoming events and services!


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      Getting Ready for Winter
What can you do?                                                        them before cold weather hits – take full advan-
   Winter is almost here and temperatures are                           tage of the warming rays on your windows.
dropping every day. Here are a few ways to cut
back on your heating costs this season:
                                                                     •Check and replacemay be able to cut on doors
                                                                     and windows – you
                                                                                                          heat loss
 •  Reduce your normal thermostat setting to
    68 degrees. In the spring and fall, turn
                                                                         in half! Don’t forget to put weather-stripping on
                                                                           your attic and basement doors as well.
    off the heat unless the temperature
    gets below freezing.
                                                                             •    Close storm windows and doors. The air
                                                                             between the windows acts as insulation and
 •Installana automatic timerthermostat
                                                                             helps keep the heat inside where you want
     keep the thermostat at 68
     degrees during the day
                                                                                  •   Operate kitchen and bath vents
     and 55 degrees at night.
     Temperature      variations                                                      •    Lower the thermostat set point
                                                                                        on the water heater (it should not
     near the thermostat will                                                          be higher than 125ºF).
     affect the whole house. Be
     sure your thermostat is locat-                                                     Insulate floors over unheated
     ed in an area that is not too                                                  spaces such as your basement, any
     cold or too hot.                                                               crawl spaces, and your garage. You

 •Change the furnace filter.                                                     actually lose more heat through poorly
                                                                               insulated floor spaces and basements in
 •Have the furnace cleaned and tuned.                                         the average house than through drafty
 •Let the sunshade trees fromwindows during the
  day. Keep
              shine in south
                                blocking the sun’s
                                                                             doors and windows. The savings here could
                                                                        be as high as $500.
     rays into your house. Prune any branches that
     block the sunlight. If you’ve installed awnings to
                                                                    •   Close off the attic, garage, basement, spare bed-
                                                                        rooms and storage areas. Heat only those rooms
     block the sun in the summer, be sure to remove                     that you use.

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                  Winterize Your Home and Property
Ways to winterize your home:                                 your pipe’s hose bibs and keeping your heat on
                                                             even when you’re away from home.
✔   Make sure your furnace is in good working order.
    Check that the furnace filter is clean and replace   ✔   Get to know your plumbing. Learn how to shut
    it if it’s not.                                          the water off and know where your pipes are
                                                             located. If your pipes do freeze, time is of the
✔   Have your heating ducts
                                                             essence. The quicker you can shut off the water,
                                                             or direct your plumber to the problem, the better
✔   Trim trees and remove                                    chance you have to prevent the pipes from burst-
    dead branches. Ice, snow,                                ing.
    and wind could cause
    weak trees or branches                               ✔   Drain the gasoline from lawnmowers, weed whack-
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                                                    – 11 –
        From the Desk of the Borough Administrator
    On September 16 Jan Schaeffer retired                   ly and looked after the
after a long and remarkable career of                          Tumbling Run water-
employment with the Borough of                                   shed as if it was his
Schuylkill Haven. Jan started with the                            own. He was instru-
Borough in 1971 and spent 39 years                                 mental in the suc-
as a water treatment plant operator                                 cess of many com-
and ultimately chief operator at the                                munity projects
Tumbling Run facility.                                              going back three
    His longevity exposed him to a                                 decades. He loved
multitude of upgrades at the facility,                             organizing the chil-
which went from very antiquated to                                dren’s fishing rode-
super high-tech. Jan took his job serious-                      os at Stoyer’s Dam.
                                                                 On October 14 Bor-
                                                         ough council showed its
                                                        appreciation to Jan by hon-
                                                        oring him with a retirement
                                                                                            Scott Graver
                                                                                         Borough Administrator
                                                        dinner. All borough employ-
                                                        ees attended for an afternoon of remembering the
                                                        projects they worked on throughout the years.
                                                            Although we will miss Jan and his gentle demean-
                                                        or, we wish him and his wife Kay many rewarding
                  Specializing in:                      years in retirement. After 39 years of employment at
   Deep Tissue Massage • Muscle Release Technique       one location, Jan and Kay certainly deserve to enjoy
                Reiki • Ear Candling                    those golden years together.
            Independent Distributor of                      On behalf of all borough officials and employees,
    Young Living Essential Oils and Products            we wish you the best retirement years that one could
                                                        possibly have.
      570.366.1210                                                     – Scott Graver, Borough Administrator

                                                              Sch. Haven Lions Club
                                                                     FRUIT SALE
                                                             Order Deadline Dec. 1 • Delivery Dec. 15
                                                             Navel Oranges (2/5 bu) .................$14
                                                             Tangelos (2/5 bu) ...........................$14
                                                             Red Grapefruit (2/5 bu) ................$14
                                                             Nav/Grapefruit . Mix (2/5 bu)......$17
                                                             10 lb. Bag/Navels (1/4 bu) .............$11
                                                             10 lb. Bag/Grapefruit (1/4 bu) .....$11
                                                             Trio Gift Box
                                                              Nav, Pear, Apls (2/5 bu) ..............$24
                                                             Sunburst Tangerines (2/5 bu) .......$20
                                                             Clementines (5 lb. crate) ...............$11
                                                             Plain Cheesecake (20 oz.) .............$10
                                                             Cherry Cheesecake (20 oz.) ..........$10
                                                             Cookies & Cream Cheesecake (20 oz.) ......................... $10
                                                             Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake (20 oz.) ............................. $10
                                                             To order or get more information
                                                               Call Jerry Reichert 385-3747
                        Shelby Walton                                      WE DELIVER!
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                                                                                             Newsletter Particulars
                                                                                               “Haven Highlights” is a quarterly newsletter
                                                                                           of the Borough of Schuylkill Haven distributed to
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                                                                                           for consideration. Written submittals must be re-
                                                                                           ceived by the Borough Secretary, in the Borough
                                                                                           Offices four weeks prior to the publication date.
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       Keep Haven Beautiful . . . from The Code Guy
    Snow will soon be in the weather forecast. Mother          Meter notification requirement
Nature’s reminder that “winter is just around the                  All residents and contractors performing work
corner” is good reason to send an early reminder of            that requires the moving, unsecuring, altering or dis-
what you need to do 24 hours after Old                         connecting of the meter or meter base in any capacity
Man Winter visits your little piece of the                     must contact the code enforcement department at
planet.                                                        570-385-2841.
    Responsibility                                                 No customer may permit any per-
of property own-                                               son, except an authorized officer,
ers and tenants –                                              agent or employee of the utility, to do
Schuylkill Haven Borough                                       any work on any meter, transformer,
Code requires all own-                                         test switch or other utility apparatus
ers who are occupants                                          located on the customer’s premises.
of, and tenants who                                                Failure to comply, or to allow
are in possession of,                                          work to be performed by any indi-
any dwelling, house,                                           vidual other than stated above, can
business place, establishment, vacant lot or other             and will result in utility disconnection
buildings to remove any fall of snow, sleet or forma-          without notice. Service will be restored upon payment
tion of ice upon the sidewalks within 24 hours after           in advance of a fee for reconnection and all costs
precipitation has ended.                                       related to disconnection. In the case where evidence
    Multiple dwellings/apartment house/rooming                 of tampering or fraud is evident, the above fees will
houses – The owners of any apartment house, or                 be assessed plus all related enforcement, restitution
any other multiple dwelling units are responsible              and court costs.
for removal of snow, sleet or formation of ice upon
the sidewalks within 24 hours after precipitation has          Leaf litter, safety & nuisance
ended.                                                             The fall foliage is doing just that . . . falling. The
    Anyone convicted of a violation, in addition to            borough property maintenance code requires resi-
paying for the cost of the removal of snow, sleet or           dents to keep leaf litter cleaned up. As leaves dry
ice by the borough, will pay a fine not exceeding $600         out, they tend to blow and gather around protected
and costs of prosecution.                                      corners of dwellings and structures. This not only

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        Keep Haven Beautiful . . . from The Code Guy
gives those annoying mice a                                     In closing, I wish to thank the majority of resi-
place to hang out, but also                                 dents who made this year’s grass and weed season
becomes a convenient lit-                                   almost effortless. When I took this position, weed and
ter pan for Sylvester the                                   grass violations were widespread. I encountered a lot
cat. Piles of dry leaves                                    of resistance because most residents were not being
also pose a potential fire                                  notified of their violations.
hazard.                                                         As residents and I worked through the transition
     Residents are remind-                                  together, and as more people learned of the require-
ed piling leaves and leaf                                   ment, Haven residents stepped up to the plate and
debris on public sidewalk                                   not only met the standard, but also set the bar to a
areas, or public streets and                                higher standard. I believe Schuylkill Haven continues
alleys is a violation of the                                to look better now than it did four years ago. You
property maintenance code and carries fines and pen-        don’t really notice because it has come about slowly,
alties of $300 to $1000 per violation.                      but I have photographs of how it was; and how it
    • Piling leaves on sidewalks blocks the pedestrian      looks now is the standard that all residents expect.
      right-of-way, raises safety concerns and poses            I cannot emphasize enough that residents are the
      possible liability issues for property owners,        heroes here. The majority of residents—on a regular
      should persons be injured due to the leaf piles.      basis and without notice from my department—now
    • Piling leaves in public streets poses safety issues   keep their properties weed-free, their grass cut, and
      for motor vehicles, public parking and the            their sidewalks clean. As each resident took the time
      Borough’s street sweeper.                             to spruce up his or her property, it became conta-
    • Piling leaves in public streets, alleys etc. is a     gious and neighboring properties caught the bug. Yes,
      safety concern for small children. Children have      some may contend they can point to properties still
      been known to play and hide in leaf piles—if          needing attention—and they would be correct—but
      an unsuspecting motor vehicle operator would          we will keep striving for 100 percent. Given residents’
      run through or hit a leaf pile harboring a child,     track record so far, I believe we’ll prove to be “The
      the outcome would be tragic. This is, without         Little Town That Could.”
      a doubt, the most important reason to comply                              – The Code Guy, Michael A Paulin
      with the ordinance.

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                  Convenient Off-Street Parking
       Teresa Gaydos, D.M.D. • Jude Gaydos, D.M.D.
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     And Cleanings
                                       ❑ Dentures and Partials
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                                                       – 15 –
                         Schuylkill Haven Lions Club
    The Schuylkill Haven Lions Club thanks the                             school to study in a healthcare
community for its support of the Lions stand at                              field.
Borough Day. Money raised will be used in proj-                                     The Schuylkill Haven Lions
ects throughout the community.                                                   EMS Fund provides awards
    Haven Lions are involved in several com-                                      from its annual earnings
munity charities.                                                                  to Schuylkill Haven EMS
    The Healthcare Scholarship Fund pro-                                            to provide nonprofit ser-
vides awards from its annual earnings to                                             vice in the response area
students who are employees or volunteers                                             that includes Cressona,
of Schuylkill Haven Area EMS or graduates                                           North Manheim Township,
of Schuylkill Haven or Blue Mountain school                                      Schuylkill Haven Borough,
districts to attend a college, university or trade                              South Manheim Township,
                                                                               Washington Township and
                                                                            Wayne Township. Any person or
                                                                         organization wishing to add to these
  JACKS AUTO SUPPLY                                                  endowment funds should contact the
                                                         Schuylkill Area Community Foundation.
            230 West Main Street
                                                         Holiday fruit sale
          Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972                         Now in the middle of its annual holiday fruit sale,
            570-385-5600                                 Lions Club members are offering oranges, grapefruits,
                                                         tangerines, mixed boxes and 10 lb. bags. Prices range
  • Auto Parts • Computer Diagnostic                     from $11 to $24. The club is also selling cheesecakes
                                                         for $10. Fruit will arrive on or about December 15. See
   • PA State Inspection    HOURS:                       the Lions Club ad in this newsletter.
       • Auto Repair     Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.             The Haven Lions Club is always looking for people
                                                         interested in serving the community. Join the Lions
     • Tires • Towing     Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.            Club by calling 385-3747. Its motto is “We serve.”
                                                         Make it your motto, too!

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                                  Schuylkill Haven Recycles
                              Shaded weeks indicate biweekly curbside recycling
        NOVEMBER                         DECEMBER                                           JANUARY                      FEBRUARY
   S    M   T    W   T   F    S      S   M   T    W   T   F    S            S     M         T    W   T   F   S   S   M    T    W   T    F   S
        1   2    3   4   5    6                   1   2   3    4                                             1            1    2   3    4   5
   7    8   9    10 11   12 13       5   6   7    8   9   10 11             2      3         4   5   6   7   8   6   7    8    9   10   11 12
  14 15     16   17 18   19 20      12 13    14   15 16   17 18             9     10        11   12 13   14 15   13 14    15   16 17    18 19
  21 22     23   24 25   26 27      19 20    21   22 23   24 25         16 17               18   19 20   21 22   20 21    22   23 24    25 26
                                                                        23        24
  28 29     30                      26 27    28   29 30   31                 30        31   25   26 27   28 29   27 28

                              Curbside “bagged” leaf collection will occur the second Monday
                              of every month and each Monday in November.
    Ordinance 902 requires all residents to separate                        and lids should be removed, but labels can stay
the following materials from their regular household                        on.
waste: aluminum cans, foil and plates; clear, green                      • Glass items such as mirrors, ceramic cups and
and brown glass jars and bottles; plastic no. 1 and 2;                      plates, crystal, clay flower pots, light bulbs, win-
and steel cans.                                                             dow glass, drinking glass and heat-resistant oven-
    Recycling containers have been provided to every                        ware are NOT recycled by glass container plants
household within the Borough for use in the recy-                           and should not be mixed in with container glass.
cling program only; they remain the property of the                         Aluminum beverage cans should be rinsed out
Borough. If you require a container, contact Borough
                                                                            and crushed. Steel cans need only be rinsed out;
Hall at 385-2841.                                                           leave labels on.
    Use the following guidelines to prepare recycla-
bles for pickup:                                                         • Plastic (no. 1 and 2) soda bottles and milk jugs
                                                                            should also be rinsed out and crushed.
   • Glass food and beverage containers are recy-
     clable and include items such as glass soda, beer,                    After following these instructions, combine all
     wine, liquor, ketchup or juice bottles, and glass                 materials in one recycling container—sorting is not
     food containers. Generally speaking, metal caps                   necessary—and place curbside.

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                                                                   – 17 –
                            Schuylkill Haven Jaycees
    Schuylkill Haven Jaycees are
back and in full force.
    Although the organization was
having difficulty finding members
to retain its charter, it has found
some great new members and has
reached its minimum member-
ship goal. The group always needs
members, however, so if you want
to join the team and make a dif-
ference in your life as well as
the lives of others, contact the
Jaycees. As the saying goes, “The
bigger the better!”
    Haven Jaycees are looking for-
ward to several events: setting up
the Christmas lights in November,
the winter social for the elderly at
the High Rise and Christmas party
(for members) in December, new
“How To” workshops, and a new
program of classes for Microsoft                ENJOY THE LIGHTED DISPLAYS ON THE PARKWAY
Word, Excel, or PowerPoint at min-
imal cost starting in January. For information contact  made possible include the back-to-school sub sale,
Dusk Drey at 570-640-2633 or d-drey@hotmail.com.        the SPCA drive, Borough Day with the tailgate raffle
    Also a Wii Bowling Tournament fundraiser is in      and library fundraiser, and the Halloween parade,
the forecast of future events, so keep your eyes open   which all went well.
for details as they become available.                       An exciting event is coming
    Recent special events that Jaycees members have     up for the chapter’s local direc-
                                                        tor, Gaylene Ebling, and associ-
                                                        ate member, Dave Evely. Their
                                                        pet skunk, Penelope, is going
                                                        to be on national television. The
                                                        show is “Unusual Pets 101” air-
                                                        ing scheduled Saturday, Dec.11
                                                        at 9 p.m. on the Animal Planet channel.
                                                            In closing, the Jaycees cannot stress enough the
                                                        importance of acquiring members for its chapter
                                                        and are still looking for new members to make a dif-
                                                        ference, share their time, promote awareness of the
                                                        organization, participate with events, and of course,
                                                        engage in their own personal development. With the
                                                        sponsorship and membership activation program to
                                                        help new members in the process, there is no reason
                                                        not to join them in serving the community.
                                                            So, if you want to volunteer for a great organiza-
                                                        tion or just have fun, discover the Jaycees at www.
                                                        havenjaycees.org. The website includes membership
                                                        information, events, meetings and more. For more
                                                        information contact havenjaycees@hotmail.com.

                                                                  SPREAD THE WORD
                                                             Interested in submitting an article for next
                                                             quarter’s issue of Haven Highlights? We
                                                             welcome community service and non-profit
                                                             organization information. Please contact
                                                             Kathy Killian at 570-385-2841.
                                                             or secretary@schuylkillhaven.org

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                        From My Corner . . .                           by Ellen Guertler

                       Daydreams of the Town Historian
                                Researched and written by Ellen Guertler
    This is the beginning of a new series that will           trailers carrying food and merchandise to Brok-Sel’s
appear periodically and talk about the past life of           and Boyer’s Markets and another truck transporting
other corners in Schuylkill Haven.                            a tanker filled with molasses. There goes a semi car-
    I am the crossing guard who stands at the corner          rying brand new yard sheds and a truck hauling new
of Center Avenue and Dock Street every day of the             cars on its tiered trailer. Wow! Here comes a truck
school year in all kinds of weather. There are not            with a slatted box, and there are heifers in there! Hey!
many children who walk to school from my area, so I           The truck following it is loaded with hogs!
have lots of time on my hands to daydream. I watch                Look! Here comes Charlie Heinbach, walking down
the traffic, and is it ever interesting. There are tractor-                               – Continued on Page 20

  EVEN IN THE 1930s, Center Avenue was still a                    THIS IS THE SAME AREA of that intersection in
  dirt road. This is the area near the Center Av-                 2010. Most of the homes are still standing but
  enue/Dock Street intersection.                                  have had porches added to their fronts.

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                                                         – 19 –
                      From My Corner . . .                          by Ellen Guertler
– Continued from Page 19
the Centre Turnpike with his herd of cows, and there
is his son Irvin following him with some pigs. They
must have come down from the hill pasture above the
Union Cemetery and are taking some of the animals
to the lower pasture and others to the barn down
the road a little ways and up over the Lehigh Valley
Railroad bed. It is the late 1800s and the Centre
Turnpike is nothing but a dirt road. The only traffic
on it is the livestock, a few stagecoaches that still
travel, lots of horse-drawn wagons and carriages, and
lone riders.
The stagecoach relay                                         THIS WAS MRS. MACKEY’S HOTEL, located on
    The stagecoaches and some of the other travelers         the same site as today’s Reiley and Sterner auto
are making a stop at a place about two blocks up from        business.
where I am standing—Mrs. Mackey’s Hotel. I heard
she has a wonderful business because of her good         butcher shop and then to someone’s dinner plate.
reputation of treating her company like family. On       Mrs. Mackey’s Hotel, built in 1799 as a stagecoach
one side of her hotel, there was a long horse stable.    relay, was torn down in 1921 when Randolph Martin
Many overnight guests rode horses. There, the guests’    built his service station and Dodge dealership there.
horses and the horses of the stagecoach teams spent          As time marched on, so did the progress in
time to rest up and eat oats and hay.                    transportation. Fewer horses and more automobiles
    There was a long cattle barn and yards on the        were seen on the streets of town. Then, in 1954, the
other side of the street where the bank and the          Hummel family purchased the business, remodeled
homes now are. Many times, the Spring Garden Hotel       the building and had a Buick dealership at 312-314
yards, located farther down the street, were the end     Center Avenue. In 1993, Hummel Buick went out of
for these herds of cattle. These were the stockyards     business and the property was sold to Reiley and
where cattle awaited their final journey, first to the   Sterner.
                                                         Transportation above the turnpike
                                                             Hey! What is that I hear? It is the unmistakable
   THE ROAD TO RECOVERY NOW                              steam whistle of a big, black coal-powered steam
      HAS A FAST LANE . . .                              engine! Look! It is going over Center Avenue on the
                                                         overpass at the north end of town. The roadbed for
                                                         the railroad was constructed during the spring of
                                                         1885 and was completed in 1886. The first train on
                                                         the Pennsylvania Railroad passed through Schuylkill
                                                         Haven on November 15, 1886. The Pennsylvania
       At the heart of our                               Railroad was on its way out of town once it trav-
                                                         eled the overpass and up what is now Route 61 to
    Progression Rehab is a                               Pottsville and points north. Ironically, the demolition
  team of specialists that will                          of the Pennsy Bridge began on November 9, 1977, six
  provide a caring, supportive                           days short of the 91st anniversary of the railroad’s
                                                         first use of the structure and several years after the
      and understanding                                  last train drove over it and into history.
       environment to get
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                                                    – 20 –
                          From My Corner . . .                                by Ellen Guertler
                                                                      plumbing and heating business from which he sold
                                                                      V&E oil burners, Gentleman Janitors, V&E stokers, and
                                                                      coal stokers. When young Floyd retired and moved
                                                                      to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he sold the business
                                                                      and converted the premises into a private home that
                                                                      remains today.
                                                                      Mansion in our midst
                                                                          At the corner of North Garfield Avenue and Center
                                                                      Avenue      stands
                                                                      a    magnificent
                                                                      mansion. Martin
                                                                      Dreibelbis, found-
                                                                      er of Schuylkill
 THIS SILVER-PAINTED Pennsylvania Railroad                            Haven, built it in
 bridge was the northern entrance to Schuylkill                       1799. He lived
 Haven. Under the bridge and in the distance, a                       there only a few
 service station and the houses to its right near                     weeks before he
 Hummel Buick are visible.                                            died of a bad cold
    Several years later, the Texaco service station and               at the age of 48.
store were built on the north side of the highway,                    His son, Jacob,
where one of the bridge supports once stood.                          was still living
                                                                      in the home in
The Floyd Mattern Plumbing Shop                                       1879. Now it is an
    As we move back down the turnpike, we come                                              NOW A JACKET of siding covers
                                                                      apartment build-      the Dreibelbis mansion. Under-
to the Floyd Mattern Plumbing Shop at 315 Center                      ing, but remains      neath clapboards is a house of
Avenue. When Floyd Mattern Sr. retired from the                       one of the oldest     logs that was built to last sev-
plumbing trade, his son Floyd Mattern Jr. took over                   buildings in town.    eral centuries.
the business. In 1968, the younger Mattern had a
                                                                                                    – Continued on Page 22

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                    From My Corner . . .                        by Ellen Guertler
– Continued from Page 21
John Freeman’s Store
    For many years, Freeman’s Store was across the
street at 219 Center Avenue. In 1913 the store was

                                                          THE BUTZ MANSION – southwest corner of Gar-
                                                          field Ave. and Center Turnpike
                                                        just a dirt alley away from another old building, the
                                                        Butz mansion that was torn down in 1976. The Butz
                                                        mansion was of red brick and well cared for. On July
                                                        2, 1935, Margaret and Howard Kimmel became the
                                                        store’s new owners. The Kimmels first had their gro-
                                                        cery store in the building to the left of the North Ward
 THIS IS JOHN FREEMAN’S STORE in 1913. Stand-           Social Club building now occupied by Bum’s Place, a
 ing in front of the building is, from left, John       second-hand shop operated by Donald Dress.
 Freeman, Charles Confehr and Al Luckenbill.                In January 1932 the Kimmel Store allied itsef with

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                      From My Corner . . .                         by Ellen Guertler
11 food stores in Schuylkill Haven and Cressona with
a new group to be known as the Keystone Stores.
These stores operated upon a chain store basis,
buying foodstuffs in large quantities for the 50 or
so stores that made up the company, thus enabling
the merchandise to be sold at a less expensive price.
These merchants handled only the highest quality
merchandise. The Kimmels kept the store going until
Howard died in 1976 and Margaret retired in 1982.
She died in 2002. Bill and Mary Yazujian now own
the building. Solace Escape, a beauty parlor, is in the
old storeroom, and the rest of the building is used as
Life at the Spring Garden Hotel
    The grand building that stands across from my
corner on Dock Street and Center Avenue is unique.
                                                              A GROUP OF THE RESIDENTS of the Spring Gar-
Oh, what a history is wrapped up in those bricks!
                                                              den Hotel pose in front of the building for a
The building has “S” bearing plates on the Dock
                                                              group photograph in the 1890s. Notice the fire
Street side, denoting it was built around the 1840s.
                                                              escape and porch on the Dock Street side that
A young Lehigh County farmer named Nathan Butz
                                                              have long since disappeared.
made yearly trips to this area for a load of coal. He
would always arrive with a team of six horses hitched     have a good investment and a more dependable
to a schooner. When he caught wind of the Schuylkill      income than farming.
Navigation Company building locks in Schuylkill               In 1849, Nathan Butz moved to town, built his
Haven, he decided an easier way of life for himself.      hotel at the corner of the turnpike, and in a short
He knew if the masons came a distance to build the        time, sold his farming interests. Butz moved his
locks, they would need a place to stay. If he opened      large family of 10 children to his new home and
a hotel, that problem would be solved and he would
                                                                                    – Continued on Page 24

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                      From My Corner . . .                        by Ellen Guertler
                                                          George Coover Barbershop. You entered by the single
                                                          door and went right or left through another door to
                                                          have either your hair cut or your lamp rewired. When
                                                          Coover moved across the street to the North Ward
                                                          Social Club building, Fidler expanded his business to
                                                          the entire bottom floor. He repaired small appliances
                                                          and sold Hot Point appliances, wringer washers and
                                                          bottled gas after the gas plant closed in 1955. His
                                                          son-in-law John “Jack” Steidle worked with him from
                                                          1946 when he returned from the service. The busi-
                                                          ness thrived until 1976 when the traffic on Center
                                                          Avenue became too heavy and dangerous for trucks
 THIS IS THE APARTMENT at 136-138 Center Av-              that delivered large appliances to unload them. Plus,
 enue. Until 34 years ago, it was the location of         there was no parking near the store. In 1976, after 38
 the thriving Luther Fidler Electrical Shop.              years in business, Fidler closed the shop and retired.
                                                          The large windows were removed and the shop con-
Luther Fidler Electrical Shop                             verted into apartments.
    Across the street and south is 136 Center Avenue,     Car business always here
the Luther Fidler Electrical Shop. This business began        On the corner opposite the North Ward Social
in the bottom front of 136 in 1938. Fidler had gone       Club was Luckenbill’s gas station, owned and operat-
to Reading to study electricity. He worked with           ed by Ray Luckenbill and his son Ben of Auburn. Back
Metropolitan Edison and learned how to do struc-          in the 40s and up to the 80s, gas stations like this
tural wiring. He helped to wire Crystal Cave in Berks     sold tires, gas and car accessories. At Luckenbill’s, the
County. When he first opened his business on the left     pumps were on the Center Avenue side and about 12
side of the building, he had a shop where he repaired     feet from the curb. You drove in beside the pumps,
house items brought in to him. He did house and out-      told the attendant how much gas and what kind you
side wiring and fixed everything electrical.              wanted. The attendant filled the tank as you waited
    The right side of the building (138) was the
                                                                                       – Continued on Page 26

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                       From My Corner . . .                          by Ellen Guertler
                                                           in June 1994. Now known as Bruce’s Auto Mall, Bruce
                                                           has created a rainbow of colors with Corvettes and
                                                           trucks parked in a line across the parking lot where
                                                           gas pumps once stood.
                                                           Down Dock Street, I stroll
                                                              It is time for me to walk down Dock Street through
                                                           the area where the elegant Pennsylvania Railroad
                                                           Arch once stood.

 A rainbow of colors of Corvettes and trucks
 greet the Center Avenue traveler’s eye at Bruce’s
 Auto Mall.
– Continued from Page 25
in your car. He then washed all the windows, and
checked the oil, transmission fluid and battery. You
paid for the gas, but the other services were free,
compliments of the station.
    After Luckenbills closed their station, they sold it       THE DOCK STREET ARCH, carrying Pennsylva-
to Douglas Hildebrand in December 1955. In January             nias Railroad trains on the tracks on top, was
1981, Hildebrand sold his business to Russel and               demolished in 1977.
Ann L. Schaeffer and they, that same year, sold it to          The Lions Ambulance building stands where the
John and Richard Schumack. The Schumack brothers           Haven Street side of the arch stood.
had Schumack Automotive at 125 Center Avenue and               The new Wine & Spirits store is located across the
Schumack Motorcars Sales & Service at 129 Center           street where the Dock Street side of the arch and the
Avenue.                                                    raised railroad bed were located.
    In late 1990, they vacated the property. Bruce R.          So long, for now. I am heading across town to
Stidham purchased the property from the Schumacks          home. Some other day, I will turn up somewhere else
                                                           in town, at some other corner.
                                                                   References: Union Cemetery Board Minutes:
                                                               1854-1891; 225 Years-1775-1975; Schuylkill Haven
                                                               Directory -1955; Pottsville Republican Weekender,
                                                               July 28, 1973; “’Rushing the Growler’ at Spring
                                                               Garden‚“ The Call, 1990; Turning the Pages Vol. VI
                                                               “Drives of Cattle traveled down Centre Turnpike
                                                               daily,” The Call, March 16, 2006; “Centre Turnpike
                                                               was speedway for owners of fast horses‚“ The Call,
                                                               March 23, 2006; Interviews with LeJeune Steidle;
                                                               Schuylkill Parcel locator. Photo Credits: Pottsville
                                                               Republican Weekender, July 28,1973; Schuylkill
                                                               Haven Historical Society; copy of Pennsylvania
                                                               Railroad Bridge, taken by Paul V. Cullather, from
                                                               Daniel Reed; and others from the author’s private

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                         CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
                                                             Sponsored by:
                      The Schuylkill Haven Recreation Department &
                  The Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association
                December 4 – Choose from 2 sessions
        MORNING: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • AFTERNOON: 1 to 3:30 p.m.
           Arrive early! Acitivties begin promptly at starting times.
         Open to all children up to 10 years of age li ving within Schuylkill Haven Borough OR
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         at the Schuylkill Haven Recreation Center, Haven Street,
                             or call 385-1313.

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