Regional business update, March 24, 2022 |


Coal Cracker 10K to mark 40 years

SHENANDOAH — The Coal Cracker 10K is scheduled to make its return on June 11 for its 40th anniversary run and registration is now open, according to a post on its Facebook page — — where a link is available for registration.

Although the 10K began in 1980 and the 40th anniversary race would have been in 2020, the runs in 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns for runners, volunteers and community supporters, including local small businesses.

The Fun Run is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start followed by the 10K at 10 a.m. Listed online as “New for 2022” is a 1.5-mile run or walk “available with or without a shirt.”

For 10Kers who register by May 13, the fee is $25 with a shirt. The shirt cutoff is May 13, after which the fee will increase, according to the posting.

The Coal Cracker run normally is held annually on the second Saturday in June.

The Facebook page also acknowledges one of the 10K’s founders, Thomas “Tally” Talerico, of the Shenandoah Flytes Running Club, who passed away in October 2021 at age 73. The website features running columnist Joe Muldowney’s November 2021 column in the Republican Herald calling Talerico a “true pioneer” and a “running icon.” It also has photos of Talerico, who also was a leading figure in the annual procession with Our Lady through streets in the borough for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

For years, Talerico maintained his family shoe repair shop on West Coal Street until it became the last cobbler business in Shenandoah and among the last such enterprises anywhere.

Business summit vendors sought

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — The Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce has issued a call for vendors for its 2022 Summit for Business Success scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 20 at the Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway.

According to a chamber flyer forwarded by Samantha Chivinski, the event is an opportunity to “better your business” and “benefit your employees.”

Every person who attends, according to the flyer, will be entered to win a $1,000 grand prize.

Tools needed to launch business

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Potential entrepreneurs will learn about the tools needed to start a business via an “Entrepreneur Pane and Networking Event” scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in 101 Classroom Building, Penn State Schuylkill campus.

For more information, people interested should contact Career Development Center by calling 570-385-6253 or emailing to

‘Cool’ manufacturing video contest year 6READING — The sixth annual “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student video contest has 29 middle school teams from Berks and Schuylkill counties participating this year, according to a WSCAM release.

Eight regional contests are scheduled in Pennsylvania for the 2021-22 school year and qualifying student teams will advance to the WSCAM statewide awards in May, to be held at the Whitaker Center for Science & Arts in Harrisburg. The contest format, created by Manufacturers Resource Center in Berks and Schuylkill counties, has also been adopted by groups in 11 additional states and gained recognition and support from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, according to the release.

WSCAM, presented by MRC, is a video contest “that gives students in Berks and Schuylkill counties the opportunity to connect directly with local manufacturers, document their experiences and present them in an educational and ‘cool’ way through documentary video production.” The purpose is to “generate excitement that draws students toward considering manufacturing career paths to create a 21st century workforce.”

The eight regional Pennsylvania programs are supported by area sponsors and partners.

The Berks Business Education Coalition, Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center, eMediaWorks and Sahl Communications Inc. have partnered with MRC for project planning.

Educational media resources, GoPro Camera kits, professional media training from eMediaWorks, and the material and project costs were made possible by myriad sponsors from both Berks and Schuylkill counties.

Patel appointed to conduct board

HARRISBURG — A partner in a Pottsville law firm has been appointed to the 12-member Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to a board announcement.

Attorney Sudhir R. Patel, a partner in the law firm of Fanelli, Evans & Patel P.C., is the appointee, according to a March 14 board announcement, which indicated his four-year term began Feb. 8.

The judicial conduct board is “an independent body of Pennsylvania citizens that comprises three judges, three attorneys and six non-lawyer electors,” according to the release. Half of the board members are appointed by the governor and half by the Supreme Court. The members serve four-year terms, without pay, and no more than half of its appointed members may be from the same political party.

Patel is a trial lawyer who has handled and tried cases in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania as well as before the Court of Federal Claims, the United States Tax Court, the American Arbitration Association and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Claims, according to the release. He has also litigated claims in numerous states. His areas of practice include personal injury, medical malpractice, construction litigation and criminal defense.

Patel is a 1988 graduate of Blue Mountain High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in 1992 and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1995.

Created by a constitutional amendment in 1993, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania is an independent board within the judicial branch of the state government responsible for reviewing, investigating and, where warranted, prosecuting complaints of judicial misconduct.

For more information about the board, go to its website at

WIC Nutrition site relocated

TAMAQUA — Maternal and Family Health Services has opened a new Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Center at 111 E. Broad St., according to a release.

The new site is a relocation of the MFHS WIC Nutrition Center previously at 139 W. Broad St., which is now closed.

Maria Montoro Edwards, president and chief executive officer of MFHS, said the new site is “a more convenient location for the families we serve.”

WIC is the “nation’s premier” public health and nutrition education program with “an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors,” according to the release.

It offers pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 access to nutritious food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, farmers market vouchers and referrals for other health and social services. It also provides participants with supplemental healthy foods.

To qualify for WIC, participants must meet income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need and live in Pennsylvania. Income guidelines are available online at

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More information about the WIC Nutrition Program is available at the aforementioned website or by calling 800-367-6347.

for walking, bicycling

HARRISBURG — Via its WalkWorks effort, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced a funding opportunity for the development of “active transportation plans and policies to guide the establishment of activity-friendly routes that connect to everyday destinations,” according to information forwarded by Samantha Chivinski of the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce.

According to the data, the initiative involves walking and bicycling, described as “critical modes of transportation that warrant attention and funding.”

In that vein, WalkWorks has announced its sixth round of assistance “to advance policy development related to active transportation. Once again, grants will be offered to a limited number of municipalities and other governmental bodies to assist with the development of active transportation plans, complete streets policies and/or Vision Zero policies …”

Expanding opportunities for physical activity is also a primary objective.

Schaeffer marking 55th anniversary

ORWIGSBURG — Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson, 1123 Brick Hill Road, is planning a 55th anniversary (1967-2022) bash for April 22-23, according to a Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce flyer.

Events will include a Bike & Burger Night from 5 to 8 p.m. April 22 and then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 live entertainment, food trucks, guest vendors, distilleries, J. Paul Leach pinstriping and other activities/attractions.

For more information, call Schaeffer’s at 570-366-0143.


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