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Four baby kestrels banded to help keep track of a declining population

PINE GROVE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Four baby kestrels were banded by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Friday at Potter Farm in Pine Grove.

Leah Zerbe installed the kestrel nesting box on her farm after being given one by the sanctuary to replace the one her family installed 25 years ago. Soon, she discovered the chicks and shared the experience with nearby residents.

“It was really tiny but it was also really cute,” Della Drouncheck said as she held a little falcon in her hands while staff from the sanctuary banded the other three.

Helping clean hands in Schuylkill County

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The gifts just keep on giving for one local organization trying to help those who have been impacted by the pandemic.

United Way Schuylkill’s Giving Hands are continuing to make a difference. United Way is lending a helping hand to keep hands clean in the community.

“Our partner agencies and our non-profits and schools have come to us and said ‘This is what we need’,” executive director Kelly Malone said.

123rd District race in Schuylkill County

SAINT CLAIR, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Eyewitness News spoke with candidates in the 123rd District race on Tuesday.

Democrat Neal Goodman has held the seat since 2003. A Republican has not held the seat since the 1960’s. Tuesday, people came out to cast their vote for the 123rd District plus other state seats and of course for United States President.

PennDOT announces re-opening of additional driver license and photo license centers

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — PennDOT announced the re-opening of additional driver license and photo license centers in yellow phase counties beginning Friday, May 29th.

Among the driver license centers re-opening, there are a few in our coverage area:

Hazleton Driver License Center, 1052 South Church Street, HazletonSchuylkill Haven Driver License Center, 972 East Main Street, Schuylkill HavenSnydersville Driver License Center, 4218 Manor Drive, SnydersvilleWilkes-Barre Driver License Center, 1085 Hanover Street, Wilkes Barre

Memorial Day parade held despite pandemic

McADOO, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Memorial Day tradition in Schuylkill County rolled on despite the pandemic.

McAdoo VFW Post 6708 and McAdoo Fire Company teamed up Monday to hold the borough’s annual parade. Fire engines and vehicles representing other first responders and civic groups made their way along Kennedy Drive and other surrounding roads.

Remaining vigilant as COVID restrictions ease

EDWARDSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf outlined more of the framework Friday to reopen the state’s economy from pandemic restrictions.

With less limitations on the horizon, medical experts have a warning for us all. It’s the news Luzerne, Schuylkill, Monroe, Pike and four other counties have been waiting several weeks to hear. In a matter of days, they will transition from red phase, Pennsylvania’s harshest pandemic restrictions, to yellow phase. 17 other counties including Bradford, Montour, Snyder and Sullivan will shift from yellow to green.

Schuylkill County restaurant opens its doors instead of closing them

MOUNT CARBON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A restaurant owner in Schuylkill County is opening up his business to customers despite state orders.

Not the rain or even a stay at home order could stop customers from visiting Goodfella’s Cafe in Mount Carbon. Days ago owner Mike Glauda said he was going to reopen in a Facebook post and that’s exactly what he did Friday morning against the governor’s order.

“Every licensee in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can now find this loophole because I risk it and now they can win,” Glauda said.

Schuylkill County Garden Club helps healthcare workers garden

POTTSVILLE, SHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Organizations are continuing to show their appreciation for healthcare workers in unique ways… that is also helping healthcare workers tap into their green thumb.

Intensive care unit workers, at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Schuylkill County, had help adding a hobby to their summer… gardening, thanks to South Schuylkill Garden Club.

Lynn Wychunas, a nursing director in the intensive care unit tells Eyewitness News, “I thought it was an innovative way to show support for our nursing staff in the intensive care unit.”

Minersville Elementary gives care packages to families

MINERSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Parents who routinely pick up lunches for their kids at Minersville Elementary received an extra treat today.

Parents in their cars line up outside Minersville elementary to pick up lunches for their kids. It’s been routine since the pandemic stopped students from going to school.

Renee Paetzell, a mother of a child at the elementary said, “the lunches have been helping out a lot and I can’t thank them enough for everything that they have been doing for us. It’s awesome. It really is.”

Schuylkill County Commissioners meet to discuss reopening plan

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Schuylkill County stopped its push to move into the yellow phase of reopening against the governor’s order. But county leaders still wanted to hear, from Harrisburg, the specific reasons why they weren’t allowed to reopen.

Schuylkill County remains in the red phase but commissioners are hopeful after a weekend spent talking to the Department of Health about its status.

“We’re asking ‘Well what marks do we need to hit? What are we missing that we can to go ahead?'” said Schuylkill County Commissioner Gary Hess.

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