What’s New With The Brew At Susquehanna Brewing Co.

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JENKINS TOWNSHIP — A beer company in our area that opened only two years ago is now investing almost half a million dollars, expanding due to high demand.

Susquehanna Brewing Company in Luzerne County is bringing some “new” to the way it brews.

As the sun came up, work got underway on a $400,000 expansion project at Susquehanna Brewing Company in Luzerne County.

“The craft brewing industry is experiencing a tremendous growth,” said co-owner Mark Nobile.

It’s a growth that SBC has experienced itself, forcing the brewery near Pittston to purchase these four new fermenters and additional bottling equipment.

“We weren’t able to brew the number of products and meet the demand that was required, “said Nobile.

When the brewery opened in 2012, it brewed two products. Now it makes six plus seasonal varieties.

SBC has only been around for two years, and already seven fermenters aren’t enough to produce what they need. Owners and distributors say that’s a good sign for the company and the region.

“The bigger they get, the better because the last few beers they put out, they really nailed it.”

Pat Revello owns Revello’s Pizza in Old Forge where SBC beer is available on tap or in the bottle.

“It’s a beer that I sell here at my bar and it’s a beer that I drink at home,” Revello said.

He says SBC beers are his best sellers.

“I think they’re getting away from the big names and going with something local, going with a craft. Also my wait staff really likes this beer, so they kind of push it to the customers.”

A push that Mark Nobile is thankful for.

“I hoped that our game plan would be in a situation where we are today, and so far, so good.”

And he hopes it’s even better when the expansion project at Susquehanna Brewing Company is complete in a few weeks.

FBI: Carbon County man allegedly produced child pornography

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A Carbon County man is facing charges of producing and possessing child pornography, according to the FBI.

Todd Kowar, 24, of Kidder Township, was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday for allegedly persuading a minor to perform sexual acts for the purpose of producing images of the acts. These crimes allegedly occurred between 2008 and December 2012.

The FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and Kidder Township Police investigated this case, which was brought to the jury as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice.

The production of child pornography charge carries a 15 years minimum and 30 years maximum prison sentence. The possession of child pornography charge has a 10 year maximum prison sentence.

Phillipsburg worker harassed, bullied for sexual orientation at nursing facility, lawsuit alleges

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A food services worker at a Phillipsburg nursing facility was constantly bullied, harassed and discriminated against for her gender and sexual orientation during eight years of employment, according to a civil suit filed in New Jersey Superior Court in Belvidere.

A food services worker at a Phillipsburg nursing facility was constantly bullied, harassed and discriminated against for her gender and sexual orientation during eight years of employment, according to a civil suit filed in New Jersey Superior Court in Belvidere.

Lisa Thomas, who worked at 843 Wilbur Avenue Operations LLC from 2006 to 2013 has filed suit against the facility, as well as its owner, Genesis NJ Holdings LLC.

In the suit filed earlier this month, Thomas says she was wrongfully terminated in 2013 on the basis of her gender and sexual orientation and alleges she was retaliated against when coming to superiors about the alleged behavior of female co-workers.    

Attorney Don Souders, representing Thomas, said the company accused Thomas of being the one creating a hostile work environment when she was fired. She is seeking reinstatement, unspecified punitive damages and attorney fees, Souders said.

“My hope is that we vindicate our client and restore her good name,” Souders said this afternoon.

Jeanne Moore, a spokeswoman for Genesis, said the Phillipsburg center “does not tolerate nor condone discrimination in its employment, hiring practices, or work environment.”

“We are unable to comment on pending litigation at this time,” she said.

Thomas states in the suit everyone she worked with knew she was gay.

She described the working environment as “hostile” and alleged co-workers made derogatory statements and harassing acts, which included the photo of a sexual device in her work mailbox with the caption “This is Lisa” below the photo.

Thomas’ car was “keyed,” employees yelled and directed profanity at her, threw items and made physical contact with her, according to the suit.

When Thomas notified superiors, she said, her complaints fell on deaf ears, with just a nonfunctioning camera installed in the area of the employee mailboxes, the suit alleges.

The suit also claims the facility slandered her by publicizing false allegations and revealing her termination to members of the community, including the families of people she served at the facility and other area employers.

Thomas allegedly suffered workplace injuries due to the health and safety conditions of the food preparation facilities, for which she collected workers’ compensation, the suit states.

Genesis HealthCare is one of the nation’s largest skilled nursing care providers with more than 400 skilled nursing centers and assisted-living residences in 28 states nationwide. There are more than 35 New Jersey locations.

Crayola to color outside state lines, open ‘experience’ in Orlando

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One of our region’s most well-known companies is making plans to color outside state lines.

Northampton County-based Crayola is opening a new attraction in Orlando, Florida. The 70,000 square foot store will have 25 attractions and be home to the largest collection of Crayola products in the world.

The announcement may have some other cities green with envy, but Mike Perry, Crayola’s CEO, said Orlando is the perfect place for the next Crayola Experience.

“The brand, at its heart, is about helping kids to express their own creativity,” said Perry. “Our mission is simply to spark the creative spirit of a child.”

The store will be located at the Florida Mall. The mall’s representatives said the expansion makes sense because Orlando is one of the nation’s top family destinations.

“Crayola Experience is a natural fit for The Florida Mall and our strong family and tourist customer base,” said Brian Hanson, the mall’s general manager.

Some said they can’t wait to visit the new location while vacationing in Orlando.

“We try to go to Universal or one of those things, Sea World or whatever,” said Debbie Procopio, while visiting with her grandson. “Do something different each time we are down for a week.”

Others said they aren’t so sure they’ll cancel their plans with Mickey Mouse.

“Probably not, because to get the grandkids down to [Walt] Disney [World],” said Joan Vican. “I would rather take them to Disney.”

There will be 25 attractions in the Orlando location, some similar to what visitors already enjoy in Easton, like Wrap It Up and Art Alive.

Perry said some of the attractions created in Florida will make their way to Easton.

“So that will be a refresher for this facility,” added Perry. “So, a lot of new attractions will be here in the Easton facility as a result of that.” 

The Orlando location is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.

The Florida Mall’s owner, Simon, also owns the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets near Pottstown, Montgomery County.

Check out changes to Runner’s World Half & Festival 2014 course

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Both the 2014 10K and half-marathon have been tweaked, promising a faster, flatter course.

Runner’s World Half & Festival course map by lehighvalleylive

Runner’s World has changed its 2014 half-marathon and 10K courses, promising a faster and flatter run than prior years.

The Half & Festival kicks off in Bethlehem with a kids’ fun run on Friday Oct. 17, features a 5K and 10K on Saturday and wraps up with the half-marathon Sunday. Adventurous runners can opt to try the five and dime — 5K and 10K — or the hat trick, all three races.

The race has attracted 6,000 runners annually since it began in 2012. The course showcases Moravian College, former Bethlehem Steel lands and several of the city’s stately neighborhoods.

Runner’s World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, who serves as race director, says tweaks to the 2014 course mean runners can expect the fastest course yet. Racers won’t have to contend climbing up to West Packer Avenue this year in response to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation concerns about closing both Third and Fourth streets, Yasso.

The half-marathon course begins on Daly Avenue outside the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Half-marathoners will head up Third Street, over the Fahy Bridge then tour West Bethlehem by heading up West Lehigh Street to 11th Avenue. The race will then turn onto Prospect Avenue, passing some beautiful homes, before taking Second Avenue down to Spring Street to Main Street.

“We’re taking in a new neighborhood,” Yasso said.

The course keeps the challenging Schoenersville and Illick’s Mill roads hills but eliminates the loop through the Edgeboro neighborhood. Runners will approach the finish via Center Street instead of tackling New Street.

Yasso promises that after the first eight miles the half-marathon is all flat and downhill to the finish.

He’s excited to see how much faster times runners clock this year.

For the 10K, runners too will bypass Lehigh’s campus and head right over the Fahy Bridge, up West Lehigh Street and then meander around Conestoga Street with views of the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Runners will climb Main Street to Church Street and race through the historic residential district.

The 10K runners will also head back down Center Street and over the Fahy to finish in the shadow of the iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.

Race organizers today announced that St. Luke’s University Health Network will be the 2014 festival’s charitable partner. Proceeds will benefit the network’s mobile medical and dental vans, which provide medical care to underserved children.


Rattled by Snakes in Pocono Neighborhood

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TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP — Rattlesnakes have been slithering into a couple of front lawns in one part of the Poconos. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say they had two incidents just last week.

People who live in Sierra View, a community near Blakeslee, say they’ve seen these snakes plenty of times.

This seemingly quiet Pocono Mountain community has been rattled not once, but twice just this past week by rattlesnakes.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police say they’ve gotten two calls to homes in Sierra View near Blakeslee for rattling reptiles.

“We’re definitely not trained to deal with rattlesnakes. We were just, in typical police fashion, we were trying to do something for a call that we’re not necessarily trained to do. We try to do whatever we can to help people,” said Pocono Mountain Regional Police Officer Kyle VanNote.

Officer VanNote snapped a photo of a snake in someone’s backyard last week in Monroe County before he and another officer rigged a broom and a crowbar together and coaxed this rattler into a container.

Just down the road, Angel Perez says he had a rattlesnake on his front porch a few summers ago and says the problem keeps popping up.

“Definitely in the summer months but besides, that not really. I guess that’s when they come out when it’s warm out,” said Angel Perez of Tunkhannock Township.

Officials say the snakes are usually looking for food and not for any trouble.

Although there are lots of snakes in this area, the fish and boat commission says there are some things you can do to keep them from slithering right into your front yard.

Seal openings and cracks around your home, and remove debris in your yard. Snakes like to sit under longs.

Finally, move wood piles farther away from your home.

Victor Cepeda does yard work all through this neighborhood and says he’s seen smaller snakes and only heard of rattlesnakes in these yards.

“There is bear, there is deer, there is all kind of animals. We just hope that we stay away from them, and they stay away from us,” said Cepeda.

According to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, only three of the 21 species of snakes found in Pennsylvania are venomous.

Hawk Mountain Plans Future Upgrades

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ALBANY TOWNSHIP — It’s a place where you can get away, enjoy the outdoors, and it’s not too far from northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

It’s Hawk Mountain and it’s right outside of Deer Lake.

“It’s just a nice place to get away from your everyday hassles,” Logan Wiedhold of Auburn said.

State officials and members of the community enjoyed a barbecue to kick off Hawk Mountain’s journey to making its facility more accessible.

Thanks to grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the facility will receive $500,000 toward its latest fundraising project.

The project includes upgrading the amphitheater, something a group of Boy Scouts from Orwigsburg are excited about.

“Yeah, because whenever it rains, these bleachers do get really wet and I think it would be better for the amphitheater if it got some upgrades,” Nate Parkinson of Orwigsburg said.

That isn’t the only upgrade Hawk Mountain has planned.

The mountain also plans to make a connector trail, connecting most areas of the mountain to trails for people with disabilities.

“Part of the trail right now may have loose roots, it may have ruts, it may be impassable for someone in a wheelchair or walker. Or, even a dad or mom with a stroller. But once we get this finished they will be able to come out and enjoy programs,” Craig George of Hawk Mountain said.

Hawk Mountain hopes to start these projects once their fundraising is complete.

The facility hopes to raise a total of $1.5 million to get the improvement work started.

Daniel Devitt of Palmerton waives theft hearing

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Daniel Devitt, the UPS worker accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the company, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

His formal arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 2.

Devitt is accused of stealing $22,800 worth of goods from the UPS Freight facility in Hanover Township, Northampton County.

According to police, Devitt, who as employed as a UPS truck driver, took  three skids worth of items to a closed business in Upper Macungie Township in January.

The 46-year-old Devitt, who resides in Palmerton, admitted stealing from the company, according to police.


Concrete Mistake Blamed On Contractors

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LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — The deadline is quickly approaching for many summer road construction projects all over our area, but instead of wrapping up a project in Luzerne County’s back mountain, contractors are starting over again.

A viewer tipped us off about this problem along Route 118 near Dallas.

PennDOT says a contractor hired to widen the road poured a new concrete shoulder that, in spots, is four inches higher than the asphalt on the road.

Orange barrels and green vests are a common summertime sight along roads in Pennsylvania, but instead of pouring new concrete, contractors were busy tearing it up along the shoulder of Route 118 between the Dallas area and Sweet Valley.

“It was up too high, about four inches in some places. It was up higher than it should have been,” said PennDOT spokesperson James May.

May says a contracting company from southwestern Pennsylvania made the mistake during the $1 million road widening project. That company called in contractors from Wyoming County to rip out the new concrete.

Once that’s finished, it’s expected that the original contractor will come back and pour new concrete.

“It’s terrible. It’s going on too long already.”

Drivers who use this stretch of Route 118 tell us that they were pretty frustrated when they found out that a contractor’s mistake means this construction project will take months longer than expected.

Bruce Strohl of Dallas Township says he’s fed up with the hold-ups.

“I don’t know, it’s hard to believe. How much longer is this going to take?”

The delay means there could also be traffic trouble in September when the fair starts at the nearby Luzerne County Fairgrounds.

PennDOT says the mistake and utility tie ups underground means this project, which started several months ago, may not be done until October.

“They will be replacing it at their cost. There’s no additional cost to the taxpayer. It was something that we caught as we were doing the inspection,” said May.

We’ve tried calling the contractor in Bedford County blamed for the mistake but we have not heard back.

Water Woes in Danville

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DANVILLE–For a while today, people in the Danville area were asked to conserve water after a water main break. Yesterday’s break had water all over Route 11, one of the busiest roads going into and out of the borough!

Both lanes of Route 11 were shut down while crews pumped water out of the area. Employees at the Danville Water Treatment Plant believe the break was caused by an old pipe that eroded.

But what a difference a few hours makes. By late morning, Route 11 was cleaned up and the break fixed. Even so, people were asked to conserve water for most of the afternoon because the reserve water tanks used by the borough were depleted.

“Just holding off washing dishes and doing laundry, things like that. We try to conserve as much anyhow,” Tim Lutz said.

Some hair salons in Danville are also conserving water. This particular salon is only running one shampoo bowl instead of two and it is also giving customers the option of getting dry hair cuts until the water advisory is over.

Water is also important at restaurants. The manager at Jonesy’s Sub Shack on Mill Street says she was concerned with washing dishes.

“I told my employees, go ahead just put the dishes in the sink for now and when it comes two o’clock, we’ll go ahead, fill them up, sanitize them and put them in the dishwasher,” Lorie Hippenstal said.

It was a similar situation down the street at old forge brewing company.

“We have all high-efficiency dish washing machines. They don’t use a lot of water. For us it’s business as usual and we’ll do our best to conserve water,” Damien Malfara said.

If you live or work in the Danville area, you do not have to conserve water anymore. That advisory was lifted at 2pm this afternoon.