The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY -

100 years ago — 1918

The pro­posed site for the new boiler house plant, and even­tu­ally the elec­tric power plant for use in con­nec­tion with the Schuylkill County Court­house and jail, was in­spected by Schuylkill County judges and com­mis­sion­ers.

75 years ago — 1943

The Na­tional Hous­ing Agency took over and ren­o­vated prop­erty at 305 Ma­han­tongo St. and con­verted it into an apart­ment build­ing for use by per­sons em­ployed in de­fense work in Pottsville, Schuylkill Haven and Cres­sona ar­eas.

50 years ago — 1968

Joseph H. Man­beck, pre­vi­ously a mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, was elected to fill a va­cancy on the Pine Grove Area school board.

25 years ago — 1993

Paul J. Shol­len­berger of Port Car­bon knew how Gov. Robert P. Casey felt as he waited this week­end for what doc­tors deemed a life-sav­ing or­gan do­na­tion. Shol­len­berger, 47, re­ceived a heart trans­plant Oct. 9, 1991, at Her­shey Medical Cen­ter. A dis­ease called car­diomy­opa­thy had en­larged the mus­cles of his heart, weak­en­ing them se­verely. Af­ter spend­ing 218 days in the hospi­tal wait­ing for a heart do­na­tion, Shol­len­berger re­ceived one from a New Jersey fam­ily whose 18-year-old son had just died. Shol­len­berger has en­joyed gen­eral good health since the op­er­a­tion. “Ev­ery­day, ev­ery­day I wake up I think I’m thank­ful for the donor fam­ily giv­ing me an­other chance and hav­ing the abil­ity, as they say, to smell the roses,” Shol­len­berger said.

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