Mount Carmel Area High School varsity cheerleaders Lauren
Bogovich, left, Ashley Wills, Avery Shurock and Jessa Robert gather
for a photo while delivering food to residents of Kulpmont.
Councilman William Mike Bradley praised the members for supporting
the borough’s food distribution program.
Larry Deklinski / SUBMITTED PHOTO
KULPMONT — A borough councilman gave high marks to Mount Carmel Area High School varsity cheerleaders for supporting the borough’s food distribution program.
William Mike Bradley praised head coach Cassandra Niglio and cheerleaders Lauren Bogovich, Ashley Wills, Avery Shurock and Jessa Robert, who last week delivered food to eight residents of the borough.
Bradley has been vocal in his efforts to reach residents eligible for the program, but unable to travel to the borough garage, 860 Spruce St., where the food is distributed once a month.
“The four cheerleaders made eight deliveries — in the pouring down rain,” Bradley said of the group’s efforts. “These girls were so nice and polite. It was unbelievably positive in every direction.”
The councilman said the cheerleaders went above and beyond, such as offering to unload items at homes.
Ashley Wills, a senior member of both the varsity sideline and competition cheerleading teams, stated, “We compiled food together to deliver for people who don’t have transportation to get it on their own. Each person received food to hopefully last them until next month when we do this delivery again. It was nice to see the people smile when we walked in with the boxes and bags of food. You can tell they really appreciated it.”
The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and requires borough residents to meet financial requirements.
According to Bradley, several years ago there were approximately 120 people receiving benefits, but that number has dropped significantly since the pandemic. The goal is to provide food to 200 people.
“I am making every attempt to build it back up. I am sure there are 200 people who are eligible,” he stated.
To accomplish this, the councilman had asked the Mount Carmel Area School District if students could help deliver food to eligible residents who are without transportation.
“You get a nice food order. It’s not going to feed them for a whole month, but it would feed you for a week,” Bradley remarked. “I am reaching out to the people — this is free food.”
Bradley anticipates that cheerleaders and students involved in other programs at Mount Carmel will lend a hand. He added that a joint venture with Marion Heights has formed to expand the delivery service there.
“It’s totally a win-win,” Bradley remarked.
Niglio thanked Bradley and borough officials for allowing the cheerleaders to be involved in the act of community service.
“As a team, we are always looking for ways to be involved within our community and surrounding communities as we believe that it is extremely important,” Niglio stated. “There is always time to help those in need.”
SHAMOKIN — A public workshop focusing on rebuilding the community will reconvene next month in the social hall of the Mother Cabrini Church, 201 N. Shamokin St.
The public is invited to attend the workshop, which will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, to hear updates on new projects and share ideas and hopes for the future of Shamokin.
The workshop will be held by Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc., FAR, Shamokin Area Businesses for Economic Revitalization, Mother Cabrini Parish, Shamokin Area School District, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School and the City of Shamokin with support from SEDA-COG, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In February 2020, just before the pandemic, dozens of people attended the first Shamokin community rebuilding workshop. Successful initiatives included the formation of Shamokin Community Gardens and construction of Illumination Station along Independence Street, Betsy Kramer, revitalization coordinator for SEDA-COG, said.
“We will discuss all the developments that’s been happening since the last convening, such as the brownfield study and zoning comprehensive plan,” explained Kramer. “On Tuesday night, there will be a small amount of discussion on Act 47. Ryan Hottenstein (Act 47 coordinator for the City of Shamokin) and Mayor Rick Ulrich will be providing a little bit of overview where the city is with Act 47. It’s not a time for questions and answers; rather, it’s an opportunity to tell when the Act 47 meetings will take place.”
Among the anticipated guest speakers are business owners and representatives from various community organizations.
The goal of the workshop is to revitalize Shamokin and its neighborhoods to increase quality of life by enhancing relationships; foster respect for all; strengthen socioeconomic opportunities; create a welcoming environment for residents, businesses, civic/nonprofits and visitors; and foster a vibrant community for individuals, families and youth.
Those attending are asked to register at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, but drop-ins are welcome.
A Coal Township police officer speaks with the driver of this
Ford Excursion XLT stretch limo following an incident Monday night
in The Plaza at Coal Township. A passenger of the vehicle fell out
of the vehicle and injured his leg.
Larry Deklinski / LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTO
COAL TOWNSHIP — An Ashland man suffered a leg injury Monday night when he fell out of a moving stretch limousine in a parking lot of The Plaza at Coal Township.
The bizarre incident occurred at about 7 p.m. following a meal at a restaurant.
According to Coal Township police, the driver heard a door shut and assumed everyone had boarded the limousine; however, the victim was still in the process of entering through a rear passenger door. When the vehicle began moving forward the victim fell out.
It’s unclear if the victim’s foot was run over by the dual-axle limousine.
The names of the victim and the driver were not immediately available; however, it was revealed that the driver has dual residency in Pennsylvania and Florida, the latter where the limousine is registered, and also lives in Ashland.
In addition to Coal Township police, responding were EMS from AREA Services and township firefighters.
Click and hold your mouse button on the page to select the area you wish to save or print.
You can click and drag the clipping box to move it or click and drag in the bottom right corner to resize it.
When you're happy with your selection, click the checkmark icon next to the clipping area to continue.