2019-03-14

Possible Outsourcing at WASD Raises Concerns

Maintenance Staff Issue Addressed By Board; Life Skills Teacher Lauded

Concerned that a social media storm that erupted upon news that the Wyalusing Area School Board was looking at various options for maintaining the buildings and grounds in the wake of Bob Brigham’s planned retirement at the end of June prompted board chairman Chad Salsman to prepare a statement in advance. Apparently, what he had to say satisfied enough concerned […]

‘Newsies’ Opens Tonight at WVHS



Cast members appearing in the Wyalusing Valley High School production of “Newsies” are pictured during Monday night’s dress rehearsal. The spirited show opens tonight in the school’s Kenneth S. Williams Auditorium and runs through Saturday night. More photos on page A14 and Wes Skillings’s review on Page A4.

Former WASD Administrator Arrested

Faces Marijuana Sales Charge in Lehigh County

A former administrator of the Wyalusing Area School District (WASD) has been arrested in Lehigh County after she tried to sell marijuana to an undercover state trooper. At the time of her arrest, 48- year-old Dawn Marie Trautwein was in possession of over six ounces of marijuana, a loaded Glock firearm, and an array of marijuana products, including medical cannabis […]

Wyalusing Laundromat Closing Saturday



Wyalusing businessman Ted Burgess confirmed earlier this week that he has sold the former bowling alley complex along Bowling Alley Road in Wyalusing Township to an undisclosed buyer. The sale includes a former residence, the bowling alley building and the laundromat. The laundromat will close this Saturday afternoon, March 16 and not reopen, Burgess said. He extended thanks to customers […]

New Albany Fire Company Holds Appreciation Dinner



When New Albany’s volunteer fire department hosts its annual Appreciation Dinner, you can count on it being more than just a dinner. Way more. Last Saturday night’s affair was more like, well, a TV game show. They split up in teams and tried to answer questions that Fire Chief Mike Epler asked in a game that he dubbed Firemen’s Feud, […]

Katy Stoddard Presented Wilmot’s Calvin & Harriet Girven Award



Katy Stoddard, an 18-year member of the Wilmot Township Volunteer Fire Company and the current treasurer, received the fire company’s most prestigious award, The Calvin and Harriet Girven Memorial, on Sunday during the 23rd annual Appreciation Dinner. The award was presented by Betsy Girven. It was Betsy’s husband, Tim, who originated the award, first in memory of his father, Calvin […]

Kids’ Chili Cookoff Raises $1,500 for YMCA



Connor Sproule, 7, of Towanda won the Fifth Annual Kids’ YMCA Chili Cookoff on Sunday, March 10, even though he does not particularly like to eat the food. The budding chef’s chili, which included pizza sauce and pepperoni, beat out 19 other entries at the public chili-tasting event, which took place at the Towanda Gun Club. Connor’s mother, Heather Sproule, […]

New President at Helm of Towanda Memorial Hospital



Guthrie has announced that Felissa Koernig, JD, MBA, FACHE, has joined the organization as President/COO of Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital, effective Feb. 25. She joins Guthrie with over 10 years of healthcare management experience, most recently with the VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, where she was the Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer. She received her Juris Doctorate from Penn State […]

Penelec Offers to Convert Streetlights to LED



Penelec is offering to convert the streetlights throughout Wyalusing Borough so that they would use LED bulbs, borough officials said at the Wyalusing Borough Council’s meeting on Monday, March 11. Compared to the sodium vapor bulbs used in the streetlights now, the LED lights are a lot brighter and use less electricity, which would save the borough money, council members […]

Frye Sentenced to 2 to 9 Years

TO SERVE PRISON TIME FOR CHILD ABUSE

On Monday, March 11, Jakayo Scott Frye of Towanda was sentenced to two to nine years in prison for his role in abusing two children, one of whom was forced to drink her own urine and was picked up by her ears, while the other was beaten with a piece of metal. Frye, 23, was also ordered to pay $1,800 […]