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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

For a review of “Jersey Boys,” see Page 3

We saw you at... Annual Father’s Day breakfast, Valley View

From left, Lillian and Roy Gingrich, Clinton Bair and Jade Gingrich, all of Hegins

From left, Scott, Donald and Kevin Bensinger, all of Hegins For more photos from the breakfast, see Page 4

Cruisin’ in Kulpmont See Page 2

“What people don’t realize is that there are a lot of cars in our area. We get a lot of cars from Schuylkill County.”

Oldies but goodies Joe Cesari, president of the Kulpmont Cruise Association

Great Kulpmont Cruise hits the streets on Sunday BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDITOR


If you go

What: 12th annual Great Kulpmont Cruise When: Registration begins 11:30 a.m. Where: Downtown Kulpmont

ar enthusiasts will roll through the streets of Kulpmont on Sunday for one of the biggest cruises in the region. Joe Cesari, president of the Kulpmont Cruise Association, said he expects a couple hundred cars to participate in this year’s Great Kulpmont Cruise. “If we get a nice day, I expect 200 plus,” he said. “Last year it rained and the numbers were down, but on a nice day they come from all over.” Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church picnic grounds, with vehicle judging to follow from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Cesari said the cruise will travel on Route 61 through the borough. He said many participants regularly attend car shows, but the event in Kulpmont is special because they get to show off their work from the inside of their cars. “(At a car show) the people have to come to the car. We are going to the people,” he said. The grand marshals of this year’s cruise will be Mount Carmel Area High School greats. Cesari said the idea is to honor the students who excelled in athletics and academics. Those invited to attend are members of teams that won district championships — girls’ basketball, boys’ cross country and boys’ and girls’ track and field — band members who qualified for districts, the Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian and the Odyssey of

the Mind team, which represented the area at a national competition in Iowa. The Mount Carmel Area TV station, WKMC, under the direction of Dave McFee, will record the cruise, including interviews with car owners. Cesari said the production will be broadcast in about a week. Now in its 12th year, the cruise has attracted people from the Coal Region and the Northeastern section of the U.S. Cesari said states represented in the cruise include Delaware, New Jersey and New York. He said people may be surprised by the participation from the surrounding area. “What people don’t realize is that there are a lot of cars in our area,” Cesari said. “We get a lot of cars from Schuylkill County.” Cesari said 75 plaques will be handed out Sunday. Unlike judging at a typical car show, he said the judges don’t conduct a full examination of the car. Instead, they will award the cars based on their look and judge’s preference. “We made it simple, just bring your car,” he said. The cruise association issued a warning to parade attendees about spraying water on the road for burnouts. Cesari said police will be patrolling the cruise route and citations will be given to offenders. He said there are two reasons the association wants to keep drivers



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Joe Cesari, president of the Kulpmont Cruise Association, instructs the drivers before the start of last year’s Great Kulpmont Cruise. This year’s event will be held Sunday. from doing burnouts. First, he said the drivers need to be considerate to the cars behind them. Dirt and stones kicked up by burnouts can damage trailing cars. Second, the association wants to avoid injuries to spectators and drivers. At the Holy Angels picnic grounds, the church will be sponsoring a food concession stand.

Members of Holy Angels will be preparing and selling the food to benefit the church. Also, a disc jockey will be playing favorite songs from the 1950s and ’60s. An official Great Kulpmont Cruise T-shirt will be available for $15. The shirt will also be sold at Kulpmont Fuel On. Cesari said the cruise is a fun

event for all ages. He said he is happy to see the interest by youth in the older cars and the joy older people get in reliving the times when they were young. “They grew up in that era and now they are reminiscing,” Cesari said. “That’s what I get out of it.” For more information about the cruise, call Cesari at 570-373-3561.

‘Jersey Boys’ entertaining Like the ageless tunes littering its soundtrack, “Jersey Boys” is familiar and satisfying, if somewhat slight. The Tony Award-winning “jukebox musical,” tracing the turbulent rise of seminal pop group the Four Seasons, finally makes the transition from stage to screen almost a decade after its Broadway premiere, bringing with it shifting perspectives and an uncanny recreation of Frankie Valli’s otherworldly vocals (John Lloyd Young, reprising his Tony-winning role). Guided by the unlikely hand of director Clint Eastwood, “Boys” can’t sustain the fizzy momentum of its first hour, and struggles to balance broad comedy with pungent drama in the film’s latter half. For those who haven’t seen the popular musical, “Jersey Boys” follows Tommy DeVito (played here by “Boardwalk Empire’s” Vincent Piazza), Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) and Frankie Valli (Young) as they struggle to find a singular sound, land a record deal and avoid indebtedness to the local mob, personified by Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken). Countless name changes, an assist from Joe Pesci (of all people) and late nights in small clubs finally leads to a breakthrough, uniting the quartet with savvy producer Bob Crewe(MikeDoyle)forastring of No. 1 singles that sound as good today as they did a half century ago: “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” to name just a few. The Four Seasons are catapulted to fame, and the usual problems afflicting popular bands — in-fighting, massive egos, financial shenanigans, familial strife — are soon making life difficult for Valli and his bandmates.

The turning point arrives when the mob becomes affixed to one member of the Four Seasons in particular, threatening to undo the entire enterprise. That moment, played out in a long, tense scene, divides the film — and the musical — between its ebullient ascent and its more somber descent into death, disappointment and disillusionment. The actors, led by Young’s vocally impressive but dramatically inert performance, each get moments to shine, although Piazza, a veteran of the tough-guy milieu, outpaces most of his co-stars, save only Walken, who often appears to be making it up as he goes. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s screenplay doesn’t provide ample opportunity for its characters to give any sense of suffering, however, which greatly hampers some of the more dramatic episodes. Eastwood’s direction is, as always, unfussy and efficient, forsaking visual flash for an almost monochromatic, documentary-like approach. Imbuing the standard riseand-fall rock ‘n’ roll story with some element of pathos, beyond surface emotions, would have elevated “Jersey Boys” above a straightforward translation from Broadway to Hollywood, but Eastwood and the screenwriters seem patently uninterested in anything beyond stylish recreation. “Everybody remembers it how they need to,” says Tommy DeVito at the climax of “Jersey Boys,” underscoring the subjective nature of the just-concluded tale. A little more insight like that — the wry understanding that history can be a complex, contradictory reality — would have helped “Jersey Boys” transcend its “jukebox

musical” origins and become something as profound as it is entertaining. “Jersey Boys,” a A Warner Brothers release, is rated R for strong language. Running time: 134 minutes. ★★★

“Think Like a Man Too” Sequels, as “22 Jump Street” joked, are always “the same, only worse.” So any pretense of insight into the battle of the sexes and any real connection to stand-up comic turned selfappointed relationships expert Steve Harvey’s book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” is long forgotten in “Think Like a Man Too,” the sequel to the surprise hit of two springs back. Kevin Hart has become the

break-out star of this ensemble, so “Too” is basically a star vehicle for the Manic Little Man — with Las Vegas as the playground for this “Bridesmaids” meets “The Hangover.” This generally mild-mannered comedy sinks or swims on Hart’s back. And as one scene makes clear, Little Man can’t swim. Our “Think Like a Man” couples head to Vegas, where Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence Jenkins) are getting married. Cedric (Hart) has been mistakenly been named Best Man, and is spending every cent he’s got — and then some — for a bachelor party for the ages for Michael, with

Dominic (Michael Ealy), “Zeke the Freak” (Romany Malco), Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and Bennett (Gary Owen) along for the ride. Business executive Lauren (Taraji P. Henson) has set up a bachelorette party for Candace, Mya (Meagan Good), Kristen (Gabrielle Union), Tish (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and Sonia (La La Anthony). If only the groom’s overbearing mom (Jenifer Lewis) will let her. Introduce strains in the careers/lives of Chef Dominic and workaholic Lauren, baby-making efforts for “bossy” Kristen and stoner Jeremy, and Cedric’s own “we’re on a break” marriage.” Throw in some weak

Vegas cameos (Floyd Mayweather, Drake) and assorted overly familiar gambling scenarios, a funny “ladies lip sync Bel Biv Devoe” scene that is the film’s highlight, and a pretty good brawl in a strip club, and that’s about it. None of it is fresh, and Hart’s finest moment comes way too early — a no-holdsbarred recreation of Tom Cruise’s underwear dance from “Risky Business” — to justify building the movie around him. “Think Like A Man Too, a Screen Gems release, is rated PG-13 for crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material. Running time: 106 minutes. ★½

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We saw you at ... the breakfast on Sunday

From left, Craig Love, Ashland; Dave Kehler, Harrisburg; Guy Schieffner, Alexandra and Ash Snyder, all of Pitman

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Shifty, this player is not

Dear Mark: What are your thoughts on pulling your player’s card when dealt a natural royal flush? You would show money deposited, but not the money actually won. Because I use a win/loss statement for tax purposes, the natural royal flush wouldn’t show as a win, which in turn, should allow me to avoid paying taxes on it. Kyle S. Don’t think, Kyle, you can “game” the system just because the coin-in meter has registered your play, and although you haven’t pressed the “hold” buttons yet, your natural royal won’t be recorded anywhere if you cleverly pull your card. I am sorry to disappoint you, Kyle, but there are two problems with your tax avoidance scheme. The newer machines now Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church - is having a -

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tax liability. If you win $1,200 or more in a single spin (including the original bet), the casino will report your Deal Me In win to Uncle Sam along with issuing you a W2G, whether you used a player’s card or not. Let’s leave for another column the potential consehave player-tracking systems quences of deliberately integrated directly into the manipulating or falsifying slot machine’s operating sys- gambling records. tem. So when you strategiJoker in deck cally snatch your card, its removal does not record like Dear Mark: that anymore. Slot manufacHave you ever heard of a turers got wise to that chica- casino that allows the use of nery years ago. the joker in blackjack? My Furthermore, Kyle, with a friend said that he once payout of $1,200 or more on played on a game that had a any slot/video poker joker included in the deck, machine, you will automati- and it was favorable for the cally be handed a tax form player when you got one. (W2G), so there is no benefit Dan L. to you yanking your player’s Although I have never card before an outcome. dealt a game where a joker Besides, the use of a Player’s was intentionally added, or seen it used in such a way, I card has no effect on your

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Odd the same

Dear Mark: When playing on a slot machine, does it make a difference if I put in a $100 bill instead of in increments like $5, $10 or $20? Sylvia L. It doesn’t matter, Sylvia. The odds remain the same regardless of the amounts or the denominations of your deposits in the machine. This holds true for all video machines. That said, Sylvia, if you are always reaching into your purse for a $5 bill, you are not physically engaged with a one-armed bandit that has a huge builtin house edge against you. As a result, feeding a machine constantly stops, at least for a mere moment, the casino from keeping “up to” 20 cents of every dollar you circulate through it. (Pilarski can be reached at


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details in a future column. Furthermore, a joker showing up in your hand may be favorable for that particular hand. What I can guarantee you is that the casino is probably tacking on some interesting rule variations elsewhere that will increase the house edge, like, for instance, altering blackjack payoffs. So, Dan, imparting conclusive wisdom on the mathematics of the game without getting a clear explanation of the rules in full, I can’t. All that said, I have witnessed a joker that made its way onto the layout. But it inadvertently got there because of carelessness on the dealer’s part — yes, include Yours Truly when it came to sloppy dealing — when the joker was not discarded, but instead left in the deck when new cards were introduced on the game.


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have heard that some casinos, as a bonus to players, have one or more jokers inserted into the deck that can be used as an any-value card. One game that does come to mind is called California Blackjack. It is a player-banked blackjack variation played at a few poker casinos. The game of blackjack can vary from casino to casino and locale to locale. It is incumbent upon you before you play to check any and all of the rules, which are customarily displayed prominently at the table. Like I said, Dan, I haven’t been to a casino that offers the added joker as a variation to the game of blackjack, but probably some of my readers have crossed paths with this rule. I am sure I will get some mailbag response (hopefully with rule changes) and will convey further


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MEAT BINGO — 1 to 4 p.m., doors open at 11 a.m., First United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 110 Route 61 South, Schuylkill Haven. Admission $10. M&T SENIOR MOVIES AT THE MAJESTIC — 10 a.m., Majestic Theater, 209 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Hosted by Pottsville Recreation Commission and sponsored by M&T Bank. Free admission. Call 570-628-4647. PATCH TOWN DAYS — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eckley Miners Village Museum, 2 Eckley Main St., Eckley. Celebrating 160th year of anthracite coal mining history, preservation and education. PIG ROAST — 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Reformed Church, 17 Chestnut St., Friedensburg. Cost $10. SANDWICH AND ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER — Noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday, Steph’s Sammich Shop with Coalcracker Creamery, 333 Sunbury St., Minersville. Sponsored by Minersville Area Skatepark Association to benefit skate-


LEGION POST 374 42 S.Tulpehocken St. Pine Grove

570-345-8050 FRIDAY 4-7 PM

Public Welcome in Patriot Rm. for Dining


Turkey Breast Salisbury Steak Haddock Sat. Breakfast 7-11 am

park. Call 70-294-6235. MEETING — Celebrate Recovery, 9 to 11 a.m., Fearnot Assembly of God Church, 1152 W. Mountain Road, Hegins. Free. For more information, call 570-205-2813. MEETING — Black Diamond Writers’ Network, 10 a.m. to noon third Saturday of each month, Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua. Call Kathy at 570645-3059. NUREMBERG AREA FOOD PANTRY — Open 9 to 11 a.m. third Saturday of each month, North Union Township Municipal Building. Pantry serves Nuremberg and parts of Union, North Union and East Union townships. Site contacts are Joe Markoskie at 570-384-4130 and Susan Driscoll at 570-3844342. Schuylkill Community Action facilitates food pantry. PINE GROVE AREA FOOD PANTRY — 9 a.m. to noon third Saturday of each month, PGACC Church School, 200 School St., Pine Grove. Pantry serves Pine Grove borough and Washington and Pine Grove townships. Site contact is

Cathy Nagle at 570-345-3033. Schuylkill Community Action facilitates the food pantry. RINGTOWN VALLEY FOOD PANTRY — Open 9 to 11 a.m. third Saturday of each month, Union Township Municipal Building, 155 Zion Grove Road, Ringtown. Pantry serves Ringtown borough and parts of East Union and North Union townships. Site contact is Suzie Drukker at 570-8893755 or 973-906-9636.

SUNDAY ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET — 7 a.m. to noon, Summit Station Fire Company, 88 Firehouse Road, (Route 183) Summit Station. Cost $7. No takeouts. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST — 8 to 11 a.m., Al-

Middleport Inn Coal St., Middleport

Friday Specials

• Halupki Platter $12.95 • Chicken Marsala $13.95 • Coconut Shrimp $14.95 • Chicken Rice Soup

tamont Fire Company, Morea Road, Frackville. Adults $8, children $4. Takeouts available. Call 570-874-4384. ANNUAL PINIC — Noon to 3 p.m., St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 100 E. Main St., Ringtown. FROM BOOKS TO BROADWAY III — Music event featuring hits from Broadway, 2:30 p.m., Schuylkill Haven Recreation Center, 340 Haven St., Schuylkill Haven. Admission $7.50. Sponsored by and benefits Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library. Call 570-385-0542. HARLEN HIPPO ZIMMERMAN MEMORIAL POKER RUN — Registration 9 to 11 a.m., motorcycles go out 11:30 a.m., from New Minersville Fire Company, 500

Line St., Minersville. Rider $20, passenger $10. Sponsored by Mew Minersville Firehouse Bikers to benefit St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, Pottsville. Call 570527-6168. ISLAND PARK CRUISE-IN AND CAR SHOW — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Schuylkill Haven Island Park, Broadway and Fritz Reed Avenue, Schuylkill Haven. Open to all collectible vehicles, hot rods, antiques, muscle cars and trucks. Car registration fee $5. Call Charlie at 570-385-1775 or Jerry at 570-622-9510. Breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. DJ entertainment by Spin Jammers. Visit www.

Anne's Bakery and More

Saturday, June 21st at 1:00p.m.


Call 570-544-5105

Family Fridays Kids Under 12 Eat for $3.99 from our New Kid’s Menu


We Have Mackerel Silver Dollar Pancakes, Bacon & Homefries

Thur.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. 6 a.m.-12 noon

Lakeside Summer Arts & Academic Camp Ballroom VISUAL ARTS • MUSIC • PERFORMING ARTS


May 24th The 60’s Boys (OLDIES)

Best of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Music $15 pp at Door $25 per couple at door

Exciting Art Courses with Experienced Instructors for Age Groups 3-5, 6-14,Teen & Adult

Course Calendar Session I - June 16-19 & 24-26 Session II - July 21-24 & 28-31 Ages 3-5 Seedlings Camp Featuring a Blend of Art, Music, Science & Nature

June 14th County Line (All Country Music)

Ages 6-14 Featuring Sculpture, Art to Eat, Drawing & Painting, Theater, Music & Performing Arts (Vocal/Instrumental)


June 21st

Members & Guest

Autumns Golden Oldies

Teen & Adult Featuring Drawing Class, Painting Class

Public Welcome


$15 per person $25 per couple

Pig Wings

40 Crystal Lane • Barnesville

Reservations 570-345-8050



To Register Call 570-622-2788 Schuylkill County Council for the Arts 1440 Mahantongo Street • Pottsville • 570-622-2788 x24

New Adult and Teen Classes or call Schuylkill Haven Borough Hall at 570-385-2841. CELEBRATE RECOVERY — 2 to 3 p.m., Faith Church, 1168 Centre Turnpike, Route 61, Orwigsburg.Free. Mailing address P.O. Box 323, Orwigsburg, PA 17961. FREE DINNER, BREAD, PASTRY, ROLLS AND FOOD ITEMS — 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Living Waters Church of God, 155 S. Balliet St., Frackville. Call 570-874-1585. FREE FEEDING PROGRAM — Soup kitchen open 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday, New Life in Christ Ministries, 217-219 Market St., Cumbola. Call 570-277-6041.

MEAT Doors Open at 11 a.m.

First UCC Social Hall (In Front of Penn State Schuylkill)

110 Rt. 61 S. Schuylkill Haven Food and Drinks Available

Tickets $10.00 20 Games, Raffles & Specials Extra For More Info Call 570-385-2049

2501 West End Avenue Pottsville - 570-622-8741



HAPPY HOURS: $2.25 You Call It! Mon. & Tues. 5-6 pm • Wed. 4-6 pm, Thurs. 8-10 pm • Fri. 4-8 pm Saturday $2.25 Miller Lite Drafts Sun. $1.80 Natural Light Drafts Friday 60¢ Wings from 4-8 pm

Patio Bar is Open Fri & Sat. @ 5 pm Margarita Mondays,TacoTuesdays, Wing Night Wednesdays, Mojito Thursdays, Fish Bowl Fridays

WINE TASTING JUNE 21, 2014, 4:30-7:30 PM

Reading Railroad Heritage Museum 500 South Third Street • Hamburg, PA 19526 Come Out and Join Your Friends and Neighbors as the RCT&HS Embarks on our First Wine Tasting. Sample the Fine Wines and Explore our Collection Of Vintage Reading Company Equipment and Artifacts. Cheese, Crackers and Snacks included in Admission. Advance Purchase Tickets $20.00, 2 for $35.00 $25.00 at the Door All Proceeds to Benefit our Building Fund. Help us on our Mission to Preserve the Past for the Future Send checks to: RCT&HS Wine Tasting P.O. Box 15143 Reading, PA 19612-5143 Telephone (215) 721-3006 for further information


FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014


Miners’ mugs now available Order glassware to mark 30th annual picnic BY VICKI TERWILLIGER STAFF WRITER

HEGINS — Glassware commemorating the area’s rich anthracite history can be yours. To mark the 30th anniversary of the Bootleggers’ Independent Coal Miners Picnic this year, event organizer David A. Lucas is offering a special beverage mug. This year’s annual mug will feature a photo in memory of Kenny “Simmy” Wolfgang and in honor of Bob “Duffy” Wolfgang. Other names on the mug are in memory of Russ Horoshak, Sr., 1983; Willard L. Clark, 2011; Allan R. “Red” Kramer, 2011; Monroe Lucas, 2012; Wallace E. “Wally” Knorr, 2012; Alvin “Chap” Shade, 2012; Earl S. Deeter, 2013; Richard R. “Tippy” Klouser, 2013; Terry L. “Hershey” Reightler, 2013; James L. Bender, 2013; Charles L. Kimmel, 2013; George E. Mervine, 2013, and Raymond E. “Ramie” Deeter, 2014.


This year’s poster for the 30th annual Bootleggers’ Independent Coal Miners Picnic is special to Lucas because it features photos from 1981, 1999 and 2008 and puts his brothers and stepbrother alongside his late father, Ray “Checky” Lucas. Lucas has a collection of all but four of the mugs from the annual event. “I’ve been keeping some mugs to put away for the grandkids,” said Lucas. A close look of his collection includes the first mug — with black lettering blaring

“Independent Coal Miners Picnic” and the date “August 17, 1985, Hegins Park.” Many of the mugs have a photo of loved ones, or dear friends who toiled below ground for a living. The 17th annual mug holds a special place for Lucas, featuring a photo of his late father, Ray A. “Checky” Lucas and a list of area coal companies — many that no longer exist. In 1998, the mug had a photo of his daughter, Christine, as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” for the 14th annual event; the following year, it was a picture of his son, “Junior.” The 16th annual shows David A. Lucas himself. Lucas remembered his late brother, Robin E. Lucas, with the 2010 glass for the 26th annual picnic. That mug has a photo of Robin, as well as 13 names of others who had passed away. For the last 20 years, Walter Boyer, Berrysburg, has been designing the commemorative mugs, according to Lucas.

Coal Mine Tap Room

2 N. Third St. St. Clair 570-429-0825

Wed. Wings & Yuengs $1.75 Lager Bottles Fri. Burger & Fries & 16 oz. drafts/Soda $8.95

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Fri. June 20 - “Accouco” Sat. June 21 - “The Boys Upstairs” 570-366-1914

1240 Centre Turnpike Route 61 Orwigsburg, PA • 570-366-1914

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Breakfast Served All Day!


This year’s picnic will begin at noon Aug. 9 at Hegins Park and is held rain or shine. A hot meal will be served at 4 p.m., includes soups and cold cuts. DJ Gold Dust, Old Gold, The Breaker Boys and Red Halo will provide the entertainment. A $20 donation will obtain a picnic ticket, while an $8 donation will secure this year’s mug. Deadline to order mugs is July 7. Glasses can be picked up at Lucas’s home at 320 E. Main St., Hegins. To place a mug order, or request a ticket, call Lucas at 570-682-9140. Advanced requests are appreciated.


David A. Lucas, Hegins, and his granddaughter, Bella Lucas, 10, display his 30-year collection of commemorative mugs from the Bootleggers’ Independent Coal Miners Picnics. David holds the first mug and this year’s glassware, while Bella holds a design of this year’s mug, which features a gold top. Deadline to order mugs is July 7.

Annual 2014 Festival Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 47 S. Market St., Mt. Carmel, PA

Friday, June 20th, 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Saturday, June 21st 5:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. Entertainment Friday - The Shoreliners Saturday - D.J. Mike Wonsik Great Food Refreshments, Children & Adult Games and Theme Baskets. Rain date: Food sales on Sunday, June 23rd. in the hall at 41 S. Market St. from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.