Republican and Herald from Pottsville, Pennsylvania on July 3, 2011 · A1
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CYAN MAGENTA BLACK PRRE PUBLICANPAGES A01 070211 23:51 BUSHLEANNE CYAN MAGENTA BLACK $ COUPONS WORTH $ $107 $ inside today I LOCAL SPORTS BACK ON THE BENCH Bob Felty Jr. returns as Tri-Valley girls' hoops coach B1 PARADE MAGAZINE SUMMER GRILLIN' Guy Fieri shares tips for the ultimate July 4 feast Inside SUNDAY y y Republican Herat!! SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011 www.republicanherald.com $2.00 7-day home delivery $3.25 Dick Yuengling rewrites family history 5th-generation owner turns Pottsville brewery into thriving business t .1 NICK MEYERSTAFF PHOTO Cans of Yuengling Lager whiz past tourists in 2008 at Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville. BY SPENCER SOPER THE MORNING CALL When Richard "Dick" Yuengling Jr. first took a job at his family's brewery as a teenager, his grandfather's secretary discreetly gave him this advice: "You ought to go out and do something else, because we're barely making payroll. " That was more than 50 years ago, long before he purchased America's oldest brewery from his father to become the fifth-generation "It's very rewarding to see what we've accomplished, but it's not all me. It's the people I work with. " Richard "Dick" Yuengling Jr. owner of D.G. Yuengling and Son. After 26 years at the helm, Dick Yuengling is doing a lot better than making payroll. Yuengling is one of the fastest-growing and most coveted brands in the beer indus- Saint Clair trails draw ATV riders DAVID MCKEOWNSTAFF PHOTOS An ATV rolls down the hill in front of Wal-Mart Supercenter, Saint Clair, after the driver lost momentum and had to leap off the vehicle Monday. The driver was later seen driving the ATV on top of the hill. Off-road riders take advantage of large area near Wal-Mart owned by city coal company BY STEPHEN J. PYTAK STAFF WRITER spytakrepublicanherald.com SAINT CLAIR Isaac Fahnestack, 15, spun the back tire on his Yamaha YZ426 dirt bike, kicking up a cloud of dust as he sped off to climb the rocky hills near the borough on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon. About a mile away in East Norwegian Township, Nick Ernesto, Reading, and his two sons, Nick Jr., 17, and Aaron, 15, were rolling along on their dirt bikes. Chris Heck, left and Katie Heere, both of Reading, ride down a dirt road Sunday off Burma Road. These winding paths, rocky trails and wide-open spaces near Wal-Mart Supercenter and owned by Reading Anthracite of Pottsville have become a haven for ATV and off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. But while this unnamed and unsupervised motor sports park attracts more and more riders, the coal company has been encouraging riders to contact them and acquire permits for $125 per year. Reading Anthracite has a copy of its "Access Permit" on its website at www. readinganthracite.com access-permits. Rob Feldman, 46, of Robe-sonia, general manager of motor sports operations for Rausch Creek Trail Riders, Valley View, said he even buys an annual permit to Please see TRAILS, PageA9 Local dairy refurbishes Haven playground BY LESLIE RICHARDSON STAFF WRITER lrichardsonrepublicanheralcl.com SCHUYLKILL HAVEN The turtle has been saved. Employees from Lehigh Valley Dairy Farm refurbished the Naffin Street playground recently, saving it from closure, and giving a much-beloved turtle-shaped climbing toy a second life. Dairy employees, borough recreation committee members and children gathered Saturday to dedicate the park that took about two months to refurbish. "We took this on as a community service project," said Brenda Haag, Schuylkill Haven, office and human resources manager for Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms. "Our employees revamped the playground, installed new equip- ANDY MATSKOSTAFF PHOTO Zachary, 4, left, and his sister, Samantha Houtz, 6, of Auburn, play on the refurbished turtle Saturday at the Naffin Avenue playground. ment and repainted, but the biggest thing was, we refurbished the turtle." Haag said about 75 children in the community, especially two local day care centers, use the park daily in the warm weather. Because the park was in disrepair, however, the borough had threatened to close the playground. The children protested, sending hand-drawn pictures to Borough Hall that read, "Save Our Turtle." The dairy employees, who last year refurbished the borough's Willow Street playground, took up the cause and began working to keep the playground open. The dairy paid for all the materials, Haag said. The group put a new roof on the pavilion and repainted the tables, added mulch, repainted the swing set, and added a toddler swing set along with Please see PLAYGROUND, Page Ad try And in one generation, Dick Yuengling has rewritten the family storyline from one of surviving to one of thriving. Through four generations, it hadn't changed much from its origins in 1829 when founder David Yuengling, a German immigrant, made beer for thirsty coal miners in Pottsville. When Dick Yuengling took over in 1985, the company put out 137,000 barrels of beer each year from its historic Pottsville brewery The beer was sold mostly in Pennsylvania with a little trickling in to neighboring states of New York, New Jersey and Delaware. "That wasn't what I thought America's oldest brewery Please see YUENGLING, Page AW Some skeptical of nuclear plants' evacuation plans Population surge near reactors across U.S. may compromise safety BY JEFF DONN ASSOCIATED PRESS Retiree Bret Gross, San Clemente, loves Southern California weather and the seashore. Yet he's ready for a quick getaway, leaving his car's tank at least half full of gasoline. Is he worried about earthquakes? Yes. Wildfires? Sure. Floods? Yep. And then there are those two San Onofre nuclear power reactors five miles down the road. Gross worries that the area cannot be quickly evacuated in a severe nuclear accident. "Forget the amount of training and plans," he said. "It'll be ugly" Residents near 12 of 65 U.S. commercial nuclear power sites were interviewed following an Associated Press investigative series that reported population increases of up to 4 12 times since 1980 within 10 miles of plant locations. Those interviewed voiced a mixture of anxiety, confidence and resignation about the safety of reactors. Many doubted they can safely and quickly evacuate in a major accident. Despite the existence of formal evacuation plans, many said they didn't even know where to go. They predicted confusion and panic on crowded roadways. Please see NUCLEAR, PageA9 71 1 i Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. D-Pa. Senator calls for investigation U.S. Sen. Robert P Casey Jr. is asking for a congres sional of whether planning has kept pace with growth and increased power levels around nuclear power plants. Casey, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Joint Economic Committee, requested an investigation by the Government Accountability Office, which acts as the investigative arm of Congress. Casey posed similar questions to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which jointly oversee emergency planning at the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors. In his letter Tuesday to the GAO, Casey, whose state is home to nine operating reactors, said that emergency procedures are unclear for a nuclear accident. Source: Associated Press Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania The Law Firm of Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo is one of the top workers' compensation firms in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1936 by a workers' compensation judge, the Firm has been protecting injured workers for three generations. Lester Krasno, Jason Krasno and Andrew Onwudinjo lead a team of fourteen skilled lawyers with a common goal, defeat insurance carriers who deny injured workers of their rights. The Firm also represents individuals who are applying for Social Security Disability. If you are injured or disabled, the lawyers of Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo are here to help you. The Firm offers free consultations and only collects a fee if we win your case. So, call us today or visit one of our eight offices. KK O '.If.-, vi I-.V.Y--J .1 Hri,.f., u ..r.'i::,.- 5.!li.""."i:" 1 400 North Second Street, Pottsville, PA 17901 570-622-8297 1-800-952-9640 1 Email: jkrasnokrasno.com Website: www.krasnolaw.com 8364 Details, Page A2 Classifieds ...Bll-16 Editorial A10 Good News A12 Obituaries A7 Police A7 Sports Bl-10 State A8 Stocks A6 Weddings A14 GOOD MORNING Jim & Mary Ellen Klebe, Pine Grove Our valued subscriber 09543 II 1790 21 Copyright 2011

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