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August 19, 1988 | By Scott Huler, Special to The Inquirer
If wine doesn't do it for you in the summertime, maybe you'd like a nice, cold beer instead. Then the place for you is Pottsville, where you can tour America's oldest brewery, where they make Yuengling beer - just as they have for more than 150 years. The first thing you'll see on the tour is the dark, paneled office where Dick Yuengling, the fifth generation of Yuengling brewers, runs the brewery. His forebears look on from surrounding portraits. The office is full of old photos of beer wagons, early advertisements, and a couple of elk heads hanging from the wall.
SPORTS
November 11, 1986 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer Compiled from staff and wire reports
Vinny Testaverde is a big hit in Pottsville, and not just because he is the likely Heisman Trophy winner. Testaverde, quarterback of the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Miami Hurricanes, surprised Pottsville teacher Jack Spleen and his fourth-grade students by responding to an "Athletes Who Care" questionnaire with an additional three-page letter. Spleen's 24 students were asked to mail the questionnaires with questions ranging from athletes' favorite foods to how to deal with drugs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Like any good sports drama, Iron Age Theatre's world premiere production of Ray Saraceni's Maroons: The Anthracite Gridiron covers as much action off the field as in the game; maybe more. And like the most successful efforts in its genre, filmed, staged or literary, Saraceni connects the thrills and agonies of winning and losing, the struggle against all odds, to their parallels outside the stadium. The odds are stacked mightily against Pottsville's hometown heroes, the Maroons, a bunch of "coal crackers," who got their name when sporting goods supplier Zacko (Dave Fiebert)
SPORTS
August 22, 1997 | By Joe Wojciechowski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Pottsville first baseman Matt Price insists his team can hit the ball. So does manager Irv Schappell. As for the fans who watched the three games Pottsville played in the Little League World Series, they will have to take Price and Schappell at their word. Pottsville managed just one hit yesterday against Mission Viejo, Calif., and lost, 3-0. That dropped Pottsville to 1-2 in the U.S. pool and eliminated the crowd favorite from the tournament. Mission Viejo went on to win the U.S. final last night, defeating Bradenton, Fla., 12-1.
SPORTS
June 4, 1998 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It looks as if the Coatesville will have to be sharp with its gloves tonight when it takes on Pottsville in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AAA state baseball tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Reading's George Field. Reports from District 11, where the Crimson Tide (23-1) captured the district championship, are that the Tide love to bunt and run, and play aggressively on the base paths. Pottsville scored on a suicide-squeeze play in its 5-4 victory over Donegal in the first round of the state tourney.
SPORTS
August 21, 1997 | By Joe Wojciechowski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It took Pottsville manager Irv Schappell 42 years to get to the Little League World Series even though he lives barely more than an hour away. So, what's one more day to wait to see if his Railway Park team can make it to the U.S. final? After rains washed out almost all of yesterday's games - Mexico did defeat Canada, 3-0, in four innings to clinch a spot in tomorrow's international final - Schappell will send what he calls his best team ever out to play Mission Viejo, Calif., at 1:30 this afternoon.
SPORTS
December 2, 2006 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Each night this past week, Garnet Valley quarterback Matt McHugh took home videos of the Pottsville football team and, after homework was finished, spent hours watching the tapes. The Jaguars' senior has been sacrificing his leisure time to prepare for tonight's PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal game with the Crimson Tide at Blue Mountain High in Orwigsburg. "I've been up until all hours of the night," McHugh said. But Pottsville assistant coach John Toomey and his players have been keeping late hours, too, watching tapes of Garnet Valley starring an elusive, 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior quarterback.
NEWS
February 1, 1994 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Schuylkill County woman and her elderly father yesterday admitted their roles in a scheme in which more than 150 antique and rare timepieces were stolen from a blind 90-year-old Pottsville watchmaker. Mary Beth Thomas, 38, of Port Carbon, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Edward N. Cahn to one count of conspiracy and five counts of interstate transportation of stolen property. Thomas' plea was watched in seething silence by relatives, including her father, Peter Welikonich, 76, who had pleaded no contest just moments before to charges of conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property.
NEWS
November 25, 1995 | By Emilie Lounsberry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Jack Hirschfeld looks out at the old, worn-looking buildings along Centre Street in Pottsville, he sees something more than empty storefronts or the "Closed" signs that dot the windows. He sees majestic Gothic arches, grand marble entranceways and dazzling mosaic-tile walls. Spectacular buildings from a bygone era that - with some elbow grease and just the right touch - might someday become antiques shops and boutiques, outdoor cafes and hot nightspots. This small, depressed city of 16,600, once the home of wealthy coal barons, still attracts a steady stream of tourists.
NEWS
December 13, 2009 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lillian Reis, 79, a colorful former showgirl and Philadelphia club owner implicated in a famous 1959 burglary in Pottsville, died Thursday at Virtua Marlton Hospital. A striking, stylish brunette in her heyday, Ms. Reis was known as Tiger Lil. She owned the Celebrity Room, a club that booked up-and-comers such as Don Rickles and Johnny Mathis, said her daughter, Midge Pfersich. Ms. Reis and her lover of 54 years, Ralph "Junior" Staino, who went to prison for the burglary and later for a racketeering and drug-trafficking case involving the Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo organized crime family, were friends with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and actor Robert Conrad, who once planned to make a movie about her. Pfersich described her mother as a modern-day Mae West.
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July 11, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederic Howard Toone Bacon, 88, of Pottsville, Pa., former director of art education for the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, June 30, at his home. Though he had no children of his own, he was "the father I never had," said his sister Evie Barnwell, whose father died when she was 3. She recalls Pottsville winters when she was a child, when she and Mr. Bacon's three other siblings would trudge through fallen snow to school. "He would go first and break the trail," Barnwell said.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE a cop or a firefighter in need of spiritual solace, the man to see was Monsignor James Joseph Howard. He was chaplain of the League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and he was there day and night to help when the men and women who deal with tragedy and violence in their daily lives needed answers to their spiritual questions. Monsignor Howard was a legendary Philadelphia priest, the longest serving rector of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, a former faculty member of two Catholic high schools and a man who rendered his priestly duties always with the heart of Jesus.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Harris Zimmerman, 81, of Bala Cynwyd, a lawyer and music lover, died Monday, Aug. 11, of multiple myeloma at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Zimmerman was the son of an immigrant Lithuanian father and an American mother. He and his brothers, Mark and Barry, were raised in Pottsville, Schuylkill County. Though neither parent had attended high school, the Zimmerman boys excelled academically. His brothers earned advanced engineering degrees; Mr. Zimmerman graduated from Amherst College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. While at Amherst, he pledged Phi Delta Theta despite the fraternity's prohibition on Jewish members.
SPORTS
June 6, 2012
Gina Massaro carried Conwell-Egan's softball team into the quarterfinals of the PIAA state Class AAA softball tournament Tuesday. Massaro, a junior righthander, allowed just two hits, struck out five batters and walked two as the District 12 champion Eagles (18-7) beat District 11 winner Pottsville, 1-0, in a first-round game at Temple-Ambler. Massaro also accounted for the game's only run, slugging a two-out home run to left field in the first inning. Pottsville (23-3)
NEWS
June 6, 2012 | FOR THE INQUIRER
Gina Massaro carried Conwell-Egan's softball team into the quarterfinals of the PIAA state Class AAA softball tournament Tuesday. Massaro, a junior righthander, allowed just two hits, struck out five batters and walked two as the District 12 champion Eagles (18-7) beat District 11 winner Pottsville, 1-0, in a first-round game at Temple-Ambler. Massaro also accounted for the game's only run, slugging a two-out home run to left field in the first inning. Pottsville (23-3)
BUSINESS
May 28, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — It's a sprawling warehouse nearly one million square feet, with 103 loading docks for tractor-trailers to be filled with groceries that will eventually make their way to Wegmans supermarkets. And now, a decade after plans were first unveiled to build the gargantuan hub in Pennsylvania instead of Maryland, the complex that will fuel the popular chain's continued growth is finished. Over the last several weeks, Wegmans has been bringing up to speed the final wing of its Retail Service Center, its only supply hub outside Rochester, N.Y., where the company is based.
SPORTS
November 10, 2011 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Columnist
In 1925, the Pottsville Maroons were cheated out of the NFL championship. That's how the people of Pottsville will always see it, and that's how the story is presented in a new play by the Iron Age Theater in Norristown. The story itself is fascinating. A team of coal crackers in the Anthracite League of Pennsylvan- ia, in the earliest days of professional football, joined the NFL. Nobody gave them a chance. But they won the championship game against the Chicago Cardinals, 21-7.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Like any good sports drama, Iron Age Theatre's world premiere production of Ray Saraceni's Maroons: The Anthracite Gridiron covers as much action off the field as in the game; maybe more. And like the most successful efforts in its genre, filmed, staged or literary, Saraceni connects the thrills and agonies of winning and losing, the struggle against all odds, to their parallels outside the stadium. The odds are stacked mightily against Pottsville's hometown heroes, the Maroons, a bunch of "coal crackers," who got their name when sporting goods supplier Zacko (Dave Fiebert)
SPORTS
August 10, 2011
FLEETWOOD, Pa. - On this corresponding week in each of the last two years, Mark Sheftic was preparing for the PGA Championship as one of 20 club professionals in the nation to qualify for the year's final major. Sheftic, a teaching pro at Merion Golf Club, did not make it into the field for this week's PGA in Atlanta, but he is playing in the Pennsylvania Open at Moselem Springs Golf Club, and playing well. Sheftic, of Blue Bell, shot a 5-under-par 65 Tuesday for a 36-hole score of 6-under 134 and a 3-stroke lead over Terry Hatch going into Wednesday's final round.
NEWS
December 13, 2009 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lillian Reis, 79, a colorful former showgirl and Philadelphia club owner implicated in a famous 1959 burglary in Pottsville, died Thursday at Virtua Marlton Hospital. A striking, stylish brunette in her heyday, Ms. Reis was known as Tiger Lil. She owned the Celebrity Room, a club that booked up-and-comers such as Don Rickles and Johnny Mathis, said her daughter, Midge Pfersich. Ms. Reis and her lover of 54 years, Ralph "Junior" Staino, who went to prison for the burglary and later for a racketeering and drug-trafficking case involving the Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo organized crime family, were friends with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and actor Robert Conrad, who once planned to make a movie about her. Pfersich described her mother as a modern-day Mae West.
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