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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. 

Branch Township Booster Club to Hold Chicken BBQ this Weekend

The Llewellyn Boy/Cub and Girl Scouts are selling  Kauffman’s Chicken BBQ this weekend at the Llewellyn Elementary Center.  A meal is $7.50 (half chicken, baked potato, and roll).

There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 going on.

Donations will also be accepted

Please come out and support your local youth groups. Hope to see you there!

5th Annual Rally in the Irish Valley To Be Held

The 5th Annual Rally in the Irish Valley ATV Poker Run will be hosted by Minersville Fire-Rescue and Clover Fire Company on Saturday June 3rd, 2017.

The trail opens at 8:00AM.

The last riders need to be on the trail by 1:00PM, and everyone must be off the trail by 5:00PM.

The trail will start from the Clover Fire Company (located on 8 Clover Rd, Pottsville PA 17901).

Helmets are a must for every rider on every machine, no exceptions. (If you do not have a helmet, you will not be permitted on the trail.)

There will be camping available in and around the fire company. This will be on a first come first serve basis and is open from the Thursday prior to the event through Sunday. Small campfires will be permitted.

There will be MFR Block Party Pizza for sale on Friday night, and a full menu of food Saturday throughout the day.

T-Shirts will be available for sale the day of the event.\

Also, Boy Scout Troop 600 will be on the trail serving hot dogs and refreshments (water, soda, Guers Tea, etc, so please stop in and support them as well!

Hope to see everyone there!

Block Shoot Being Held to Help Benefit Minersville 5th Quarter Club

A Block Shoot is being held, in which portions will benefit the Minersville 5th Quarter Club.

The block shoot will be held Saturday, April 8th, from noon to 5:00pm.

Admission is $8.00 except for children under 10. The cost for them will be $5.00. 

There will be many types of food and prizes. 

See the flyer more details.

Hope to see you there!

Two Men Steal a Package From Porch on Carbon Street

Police are trying to identify two men, one who of which who was caught on camera stealing a package off a mans porch in Minersville earlier today.

Police are asking for trying to identify the two men. If anybody is able to identify, call the Minersville Police at 570-544-6212. 

View the video by clicking here. 

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