School Lunch Tour – Schuylkill Haven

Haven and I have a lot of history. I don’t think they’ve ever forgiven me for being an integral part of beating them in football 1989 when I was an assistant water boy for Nativity.

But, despite all of that, I’m still a stand up guy and thought it was necessary to review their lunch. I wasn’t disappointed. Patty and the entire crew did an amazing job.

Doing this tour really makes me realize just how great it was to have school lunch every day.


Even though I’m Italian I can appreciate some good pork & sauerkraut. I picked up three. One from Yorkville Hose in Pottsville, another from Schuylkill Hose #2 in Haven, and the last one from Good Will in Minersville.

All three were excellent, but I could only choose one winner. No bias at all as it was done as a blind taste test (as the title of the post tells you)

Election Pork & Sauerkraut – 2019


I’ve been hearing about Chill Out ice cream for quite sometime. We ventured up north of the mountain to see what all the fuss was about.

I tried out a different format. Still some kinks, we’re going to work out.

Chill Out is going to be at Pottsville on Tap this weekend and they’re open till October 6 for the season, so get up there.

Also, did I marry a sociopath?

Chill Out Ice Cream – Shendo

2019 Summer Reviews – Railway Concession Stand


I make no secret of my loyalty to Rotary Little League.

Sure, Railway made it to the Little League World Series, which was a huge deal. Sure, they may or may not have produced a better overall stock of baseball players. Sure, they didn’t use a pitching machine. Sure, they beat us in All Stars my 12 year old year. You get it …

… but Rotary was still better despite all this factual evidence of their superiority. Some things just don’t make sense, and they don’t need to.

But I put all that aside to give them an honest shake at a concession stand review.

FREE Shakespeare

People love to complain there’s nothing to do here. Sure, we’re not NYC or Vegas, but there’s plenty to do if you open up your eyes a little. This week there will be FREE shows of Shakespeare in the Garden at the Yuengling Mansion. Yes, there will be alcohol … you sold yet? Plus some amazing young talent performing.


As many of you know, a lot of times, I record these interviews weeks in advance just to stay on top of everything. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Dolbin a couple weeks back, and even though I knew he had been battling, it came as a complete surprise to hear he had passed.

One of the reasons I started this podcast was to preserve and showcase our history, and Jack Dolbin’s career is a huge part of our coal region heritage, and throughout his incredible path his coal region core always shined.

Start it at 18:35 for some great Jack Dolbin footage in this NFL FILMS piece.

New Podcast – The Kelayres Massacre

Most people have no idea about this. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself to make me feel smarter than everyone. I came across this story just in general research and was blown away by it.

Then I saw there was a book written by Stephanie Hoover and I reached out to her. Like Jake Wynn she made everything bite size so small brained people, like myself, can better understand it, then talk about it with ease with anyone.

If you want the book. Get it here. Also check out her website …

Take a listen.

New Podcast – The Molly Maguires

Full disclosure. I know about the Molly Maguires, but I actually had zero idea what they were all about. I knew nothing. Notice I’m talking in the past tense. That is until Jake Wynn pulled up a chair, sat around the campfire, and filled us in.

If you’re not reading his blog … start. I mean look at this post. Guy is a walking Coal Region encyclopedia, and he’ll def be back on.

I became such an “expert” after our talk that I brought this up at a dinner, and everyone was super impressed with me. I’m not bragging.

Yuengling 190th Wrap Up

The weekend came and went … and it went too fast. Amazing job by everyone. Probably one of the funnest days since I’ve moved back to Pottsville. Just top notch every step of the way, and really can’t wait for the next event.

If they/we do this again next year, who would you want to see play? Leave a reply below. Thanks!

Yuengling 190th Celebration

This weekend is shaping up to be a huge day in the city of Pottsville. Things are going in the right direction, and there’s a lot of momentum right now. Sure, we’ll hit some roadblocks here and there, but what’s important is that the attitude is shifting in the right direction.

If you’re planning on coming in this weekend, make a day of it. Grab a cheesesteak at Roma (one of my favorite), go to Greystone and grab a drink, stop at the Something Sweet Candies and grab a snack. You get the point. There’s plenty to see and do. Just look up at the buildings and admire the history of the town.

Here’s all your questions answered …