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Memorial Day Services...
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a parade to Memorial Park that will be followed by a program to honor veterans. The monument dedication will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the honor guard and a prayer ceremony. A free buffet will be held from noon to 3 p.m. with entertainment provided by One Last Rider from 2 to 5 p.m.
In Schuylkill Haven, the veterans’ sacrifice will be honored with a service at the Schuylkill County Vietnam Memorial.
Organized by the Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 29, the service to remember the lives of those lost in Vietnam will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the memorial on Route 61 near Penn State Schuylkill.
Ashland — Parade starts 10:45 a.m. Monday from Memorial Field, followed by program at 11 a.m., Mother’s Memorial. Veterans of Foreign Wars O’Donnell-Martin-Baldino Post and American Legion Bernard J. Dolan Post will participate.
Auburn — Parade starts 11 a.m. Monday, followed by service at Auburn Church of God, South Third Street. In case of rain, parade canceled and service held at church. Sponsored by Auburn VFW.
Branch Township — Parade starts 8 a.m. Monday, Llewellyn, followed by ceremony at 10 a.m., Friedens Lutheran Church and Phoenix Park Union Church, Branch Township.
Cressona — Parade starts 9:30 a.m. Monday, forms 9 a.m. at SAPA parking lot, followed by program at Legion Plaza. Sponsored by Cressona Lions Club and American Legion.
Donaldson — Service 9:15 a.m. Monday, Community Cemetery, followed by parade at 10:15 a.m. Sponsored by American Legion.
Frackville — Parade to Memorial Park, 9 a.m. Monday, followed by program. Celebration and monument dedication, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Frackville American Legion, 40 S. Mahanoy St. Free buffet-style dinner. Entertainment by One Last Rider.
Gilberton — Program, noon Monday, Veterans Memorial, Maizeville.
Girardville — Parade 9 a.m. Monday, followed by program at Veterans Memorial, near Third and C streets.
Gordon — Service at 9 a.m. Monday, parade starts 10 a.m., Gordon Municipal Hall, Plane and Otto streets. Annual block party, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Gordon Fire Company.
Mahanoy City — Program, 2 p.m. Sunday, Veterans Memorial, Centre and Catawissa streets. Sponsored by Mahanoy Area United Veterans. Parade begins 11 a.m. Monday from Mahanoy Area High School parking lot.
New Philadelphia — Parade begins 8:30 a.m. Monday, post office, Valley Street. Program follows at the Square. Conducted by American Legion Post 677, Catholic War Veterans 1079 and AMVETS Post 256. In case of rain, program and awards held at Good Intent Fire Company.
Palo Alto — Service, 1 p.m. Sunday, War Memorial monument, Bacon Street.
Port Carbon — Service, 6 p.m. Sunday, Grace United Methodist Church, Pike Street. Parade starts 9 a.m. Monday, followed by service at Veterans Park Gazebo, near Janet Eich Library.
Pottsville — Parade starts 10 a.m., 12th and Market streets, service at Garfield Square follows parade.
Ringtown — Service at 10 a.m. Monday, Old White Church, Brandonville Road. Sponsored by Ringtown American Legion and Auxiliary.
Saint Clair — Ceremony, 1 p.m. Sunday, Saint Clair Area Elementary/Middle School, South Mill Street. Sponsored by Saint Clair American Legion Post 719.
Schuylkill Haven — Parade starts 10 a.m. Monday, will go down Main Street to Parkway, where a service will be held. Lions Club pancake breakfast in high school cafeteria.
Schuylkill Haven — Service, 1:30 p.m. Monday, Vietnam Memorial, Route 61. Conducted by Vietnam Veterans Post 29.
Shenandoah — Service, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Bethel Primitive Methodist Church, Jardin Street. Parade starts 9 a.m. Monday, Jardin and Centre streets, ends at borough hall. Sponsored by Shenandoah Combined Veterans.
Tower City — Parade starts 10:30 a.m. Monday, followed by program at Public Square. Sponsored by American Legion Post 468. In case of rain, program held at post home.
Tremont — Service, 1 p.m. Sunday, Pete Wiscount Veterans Park, Main Street. Parade starts 10:45 a.m. Monday, service 11:15 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. In case of rain, service at Clay Street school.
Wiconisco — Service begins 8 a.m. Monday at Honor Roll. In case of rain, program at Calvary United Methodist Church, Pottsville Street.
Wiconisco — Program, Remembering Wiconisco’s Civil War Soldiers, 7 p.m. Sunday, Calvary United Methodist Cemetery, Cemetery Road. Presented by Jake Wynn. Tour begins at flag pole in lower part of cemetery at 6:45 p.m.
Williamstown — Parade starts 9:45 a.m. Monday, services follow at Veterans Memorial Park. Sponsored by Williamstown American Legion Post 239 and Williams-town VFW Post 6497.
The Schuylkill County commissioners finalized another inmate housing agreement Wednesday, approving a contract to house Schuylkill County Prison inmates at the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg, with a cost of $60 a day per inmate. The agreement is renewable in yearly increments.
According to the Republican Herald, Commissioners Chairman George F. Halcovage Jr., who also serves as prison board chairman, said the Columbia County Prison can currently house up to 20 inmates.
Meanwhile, Halcovage said the county is finalizing a similar housing agreement with Berks County for the same rate of $60 a day per inmate. He said the Berks County Prison may be able to house up to 50 inmates.
Last week, the commissioners approved an agreement to house inmates at the Centre County Correctional Facility, Bellefonte. The rate is $65 a day per inmate and 10 women are already being housed there.
On May 4, the state Department of Corrections ordered that the Schuylkill County prison can no longer take any additional prisoners sentenced between six months to five years until its average monthly inmate population is at or below its approved capacity of 277.
The DOC will review its order in three months.
Spelling Bee Contestant...
13 year old Jake Montgomery, a seventh-grader from Pottsville Area School District, is already preparing for next year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee after being eliminated, Wednesday in National Harbor, Maryland.
He was one of 285 students who were competing in event, which continues today. Montgomery went to the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee after he won the 61st annual Regional Spelling Bee in March in Schuylkill County.
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