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Llewelyn Good Intent to Hold 8th Annual ATV Run

The first weekend in August has typically been one of the busiest for the past seven years in the little village of Llewellyn in Branch Township, Schuylkill County.

The Good Intent Hose Company #1 of Llewellyn, PA will kick off it’s 8th Annual ATV Run weekend beginning Thursday, August 2nd at 5pm with its annual ATV Run Cheesesteak Night. You can try a famous Llewellyn Cheesesteak. JEM will be there from 8-11pm.

Friday, August 3rd, the annual spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-8pm, and is open to the public. “The Local Boys” is set to be there Friday night from 9pm-12am.

Breakfast will be served from 6-10am on Saturday, August 4th. Sapphire will be there that same night performing from 7-10pm after the run.

The participants will ride dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs through varying terrain on a well marked course.

As in previous years, local power-sports dealers and many other vendors related to the event will have stands on the firehouse grounds. Homemade food will be available throughout the event.

As usual, Boy Scout Troop 600, Llewellyn, will be on the trail selling hot dogs and drinks. They will also be selling 50/50 tickets, which in previous years has had quite a large share of money. Make sure to stop in to get a dog and cold water or soda for a reasonable price!

The event was created way back in 2011 as a fund raiser for the Good Intent Hose Company. This covers the rising costs of firefighting equipment, insurance, and fuel skyrocket a few members decided to think outside the box.

Registration is going on the rest of the week.

Hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday: 6PM-9PM

  • Thursday: 1PM-9PM

  • Friday: 1PM-9PM

  • Saturday: 7AM-12PM

  • Picture ID is required for all riders.
  • To learn more about the department and the event, visit Find the event page on Facebook at

    We hope to see you there!


    Local Schools Dismissing Early

    Blue Mountain – High School and Middle at 11:00am;  Elementary at 11:35am

    Gillingham Charter- early dismissal at noon; transportation will vary

    Minersville- HS at 11:50, EC at 12:15, Llewellyn at 12:30, NO PM 4K

    Nativity BVM- Early dismissal at 11:45am.

    Pine Grove – High School and Middle at 10:15am; Elementary at 10:45am

    Pottsville- HS at 11, MS at 11:30, Elem at 12:00.

    Saint Clair- dismissing at noon..

    St. Nicholas (Minersville)- dismissing at 11:30AM.

    Schuylkill IU 29- dismissing at 12PM

    Schuylkill Maple Ave- dismissing at 12PM.

    Schuylkill Vocational Center North/South- dismissing at 12 PM

    Schuylkill Haven –   Elementary at 11:35am, HS and Middle at 12:00pm, Middle School Thon will be rescheduled for Monday, March 5th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    High Wind Warning Issued into Saturday Morning

    A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for Schuylkill County. This will remain in effect 6 AM FRIDAY TO 6 AM EST SATURDAY.

    The following will be encountered:

    * WINDS…Northwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

    * TIMING…Winds will increase after midnight and will gust to 60

    mph Friday into Friday night.

    * IMPACTS…Strong to damaging winds may blow down limbs, trees,

    and trigger power outages. Travel will be difficult,

    especially for high profile vehicles.

    Local Boy Scout Installs New Roof on Llewellyn Community Building


    Back in October, you could find Boy Scout Seth Hubler, 17, and friends removing the deteriorating roof on the Llewellyn Community Building, who is ran and maintained by the Branch Township Booster Club, and then installing a brand new shingle roof.

    The project is apart of Hubler’s goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.

    People that could be found on site aside of Hubler assisting with this project include Jeff & Greg Hubler of Phoenix Park Home Building & Remodeling, JoAnn Hubler, New Minersville, Tom Witmer & Brandon Witmer, Llewellyn, Christine Haldeman, Pottsville, Frank Kralick Pottsville, Scott Hunyara, New Minersville, Michael Quinn, Auburn, Logan Fisher, Hegins, and Jim & James Chicora Jr., Newtown.

    He would also like to thank all of his donors including Scott Millwork, Werner Lumber, ABC Supply, and all of the private and monetary donors.

    Here are some pictures of before, during, and after the project was completed:

    Local Lemonade Stands Donate to Fire Company and Get Quite the Surprise

    Two local kid-ran lemonade stands announced that they would be donating half of their tips to the Good Intent Hose Company #1, which was broken into a day ago.

    The two lemonade stands, both within .5 a mile of each other were surprised when WNEP-16, the Minersville Borough Police, and Good Intent Fire Company President John Bushar and other members showed up in one of their fire trucks, to support the lemonade stands.

    The two lemonade stands include:

    The Cafe Kurtek, is located on South Delaware Avenue (across from the site of the former Legion Building).

    The other lemonade stand is located at 418 North Delaware Avenue, just a few 100 feet from the North Delaware Soccer Complex.

    The coverage of the story by WNEP will also later tonight on Local Channel 2.

    The Good Intent Hose Comapny posted videos of when they surprised the lemonade stands. Watch them be surprised by clicking the links below:

    North Delaware Lemonade Stand Footage

    Cafe Kurtek Footage

    Good Intent Hose Company Becomes Victim of Robbery Two Days After Their Largest Fundraiser of the Year

    According to WNEP-16, the Good Intent Hose Company #1, Branch Township, became victim of a morning robbery today (August 7th), two days after their largest fundraiser of the year, their annual ATV Run, which attracts thousands of off-road enthusiasts to participate in a 25+ mile ride in the PA Coal Region.

    They believe whoever broke in was attending the event on Saturday, and that they were looking for cash.

    When members of the fire company arrived, the place was trashed. Their office was ransacked. The window to the office was smashed and the DVR for the security cameras was gone, leaving them no surveillance and future protection of the building. Among other items, the cash register, safe and filing cabinets were broken into, in an effort to steal cash.

    A GoFundMe has been set up replace and repair items damaged and stolen in the burglary. Specifically, money will go into replacing the surveillance system with a newer more  monitored secure setup, installation of security bars over all windows. Click here to donate.

    ***If anyone has any information or if you think you may have seen something suspicious Sunday night into Monday, the fire company asks that you please let anyone belonging to it and Branch-Reilly cops know. All information will be kept confidential.***


    We need to replace the surveillance system with a newer more secure setup, install security bars over all windows, install a monitored security system and replace all the damaged items.

    Good Intent Hose Company Poker Run to be held this Saturday

    The first weekend in August has been the busiest for the past six years in Branch Township, Schuylkill County. 

    The Good Intent Hose Company #1 of Llewellyn, PA kicks off its seventh annual ATV Run weekend beginning tonight, Thursday, August 3rd at 5pm with Cheesesteak Night. Come try a locally famous Llewellyn Cheesesteak while listening to the sounds of “Close Enough,” and acoustic guitar/vocal duo from 8 to 11.
    Friday evening a spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-8pm, and is open to the public. Local band “Almost Famous” is set to perform inside the bar Friday night from 9-12 with no cover charge.
    Breakfast will be served from 6-10am on Saturday August 5th.
    The participants ride dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs through varying terrain on a marked course. 
    Overflow parking at an affordable rate can be found at the Llewellyn Scouting Building, which has direct trail access.
     Local powersports dealers and various vendors related to the event will be exhibiting their wares on the firehouse grounds, which is also the start and end of the course. Homemade “block party food” will be available throughout the event.
    Boy Scout Troop 600, Llewellyn, will also be on the trail selling hot dogs and drinks.
    Following the riding portion, winners are announced and “Adrenalyn” takes the stage from 7pm through the end of the evening.
    The event was created in 2011 as an alternative fund raiser for the Good Intent Hose Company. 
    As the costs of firefighting equipment, insurance, and fuel skyrocket a few members decided to think outside the box. 
    Instead of the standard dinners, bingos, and other fundraisers they decided to try something different.
    As the fire company is located on the edge of the wilderness, it was almost a no-brainer.
    The first event was held in the summer of 2011 and drew 477 participants, and grew rapidly from there.
    In 2016 the number of registered riders was 2,298.
    To learn more about the department and the event, visit Find the event page on Facebook at
    We hope to see you there!

    Chinese Auction to be Held to Help Family of ATV Crash Victim

    A Chinese Auction is being organized in memory of Martina Barnhart, who passed away over the weekend as a result of a tragic Side by Side Crash. 

    All proceeds from this event will go towards everyday costs for her 3 children that she left behind, and to help defray the costs of her funeral.

    The Auction will be held on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th. More times and details will be announced on this website in the upcoming days. 

    The event will be held at the New Minersville Fire Company; 500 Line Street, Minersville, PA 17954. 

    There will be food and a bake sale at this event. 

    If anybody would be interested in donating a basket, food, or baked good, please contact Amber Laudeman.

    Click here to be directed to her Facebook page so you can message her, OR click here to be directed to the Facebook event page where you can post in the group discussion what you would like to contribute. 


    GoFundMe Page Setup for ATV Crash Victims Family

    A GoFundMe Page has been created to help a local family who lost one of there own. 

    Martina Barnhart, 31, of New Minersville, was tragically killed over the weekend in a Side by Side accident. 

    Martina was a loving and caring mother, who left behind her partner, Jeremy, and three children; Marques Gregory Barnhart, and twin girls, Kylie Miles and Kendelynn Marie Kralick. 

    Donations will be used to help with funeral costs and for every day items for the kids.

    All and any donations would be greatly appreciated by this family. 

    Please click here to donate. Thank you for your generosity in this time of sorrow. 

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