New Chairperson Wanted, Passing of the Baton:
Faye Lewis no longer wishes to be in charge of the CHS reunion. She is asking for someone or chairpersons of 2 or 3 to step up to take the responsibility. Faye has all the information ready to hand over to whoever is interested in planning the next reunion. This includes all current addresses, other contact numbers and even the decorations. She can be contacted at 570-645-9426 or at 30 East Ruddle Street, Coaldale, PA 18218
Coaldale's new mayor "nervous' but ready for job
January 01, 2002|By CHRIS PARKER Of The Morning Call
First woman elected to borough post plans to spend first year "listening.'
The first woman to be elected mayor of the tiny coal-country borough of Coaldale was sworn in Monday.
Surrounded by her family, the town's new police chief, her parish priest and a councilwoman, Claire Remington took her oath before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek.
"I'm very proud of my wife," said Otis Remington, Claire's husband of almost 25 years. "I knew she had it in her. She has always been a caring person."
Claire Remington, a councilwoman since 1992, shared her new post with John J. Radocha from her 2 p.m. swearing-in until midnight, when Radocha's third term as mayor ended.
Coaldale Police Chief Shawn Nihen was amused by the dual leadership.
"Until midnight, we'll call John," he said with a smile. "At midnight, we'll call Claire. Or maybe we'll call both of them."
For Radocha, who did not attend Remington's ceremony, the transition was bittersweet.
"I served the community for 50 years, and I've had enough," he said. "My daughter says I'm 81 years old and I don't need it anymore. But I'm going to miss it."
He lists among his years of service 12 years as mayor, 12 years as a councilman and eight years as a Schuylkill County constable. He also served on the borough's board of health. "I got a grand total of $10 a year for that," he said.
Remington, a Republican who has two years left to serve on her term on council, will resign that seat to take on her new responsibilities.