The only way to start a review of the week in Schuylkill County news is to talk about the thing no one’s stopped talking about for the last 2 years: the (insert expletive of your choice) rain.
It’s rained and rained and rained. It never stops.
Even yesterday, it poured.
Schuylkill County News Review – June 2, 2019
Let’s take a look back at some of the big news in Schuylkill County this week.
It’s Actually News When It Doesn’t Rain
We recently found an independent weather station down in Lake Wynonah. There on Fawn Lake, in the last 7 days, it rained 4.24 inches.
Now, full disclosure: this is just an independent weather station and it’s not National Weather Service data. It’s for educational and informational purposes only. But it’s there.
And we’re also using it to inform you that it recorded 10.44 inches of rain in May altogether. It rained 22 days in May. 22!
We’re already 1/1 in June. On Saturday down at Lake Wydoncha it rained .53 inches. And we’re sure to make it 2/2 by the end of Sunday.
Want to read more pissing and moaning about the rain?
Think We’re Good on the Rain
Thunderstorms Drench Schuylkill County Again –
First Responder Hit By Vehicle in Flooded Mt Carbon
Nativity Grad Called to Stage by Trump, POTUS Honors Fallen Tower City Hero on Memorial Day
It was pretty late Monday night here when it happened, and it was actually mid-day Tuesday in Japan for the people involved.
But during a speech aboard the USS Wasp on what still was technically our Memorial Day here in Schuylkill County, President Donald Trump honored a fallen soldier from Tower City and then called his grand-nephew to speak next to him on the stage.
First, Trump honored the sacrifice of Pvt. John Schaeffer, of Tower City, who was killed in action in Burma during World War II. To continue the honor, Trump then called up his grand-nephew, Senior Petty Officer Daniel Schaeffer, to the stage. Schaeffer is a 1999 Nativity BVM grad and a native of Williamstown.
Pretty great honor for the Schaeffers and Tower City, really.
The moment was a total surprise. If you haven’t seen the whole story, it’s right here …
President Trump Honors Fallen Tower City Soldier,
Nativity Grad Speaks During Memorial Day Speech in Japan
Oh, speaking of Trump …
Record Low Unemployment
This week, we also learned that Schuylkill County’s unemployment rate hit what we’re calling a new record LOW!
New information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows our unemployment rate at just 4%.
So, we decided to trigger some liberals who’d no doubt remind us that this economic upturn started under the previous President.
Yeah, well so did the time when our unemployment rate was 3x what it is today.
Here’s an infographic that illustrates the good times we’re enjoying right now:
Schuylkill County Sports News Week in Review
Let’s take a quick look at Sports …
And this basically sums up Schuylkill League teams in District 11 softball and baseball championship games this week.
In total, 7 Schuylkill League teams came away with District gold.
The winners in baseball are: Tri-Valley, Schuylkill Haven, North Schuylkill and Blue Mountain. Softball champs include: Williams Valley, Pine Grove, and Blue Mountain.
District 11 Title Grab – Blue Mountain Wins Baseball and Softball Titles; Vikings, Cards, Canes Add 1 Each
North Schuylkill Takes District 11 4A Baseball Title
Tri Valley Tops Nativity for District 11 Class 1A Baseball Championship
Schuylkill County Community News Week in Review
Finally, this week, let’s check on your bleenie intake.
Block Party Season is Underway
It’s officially Block Party season here in Schuylkill County. And if you’re not planning to go to any near you, you’re making a mistake.
This weekend in Shenandoah, a block party actually made a comeback. So many these days seem to be folding up their tents for good. That’s sad.
One thing we learned for sure, they take their bleenies seriously north of the mountain.
You Had Us at 48 Bleenies – Block Party Season Underway in the Coal Region