Dedication of Korean, Vietnam
and Desert Storm Memorial
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.
Coal Miners Recall Industry That Fueled Region
Three Remaining Members Of Club, Founded When Last Panther Operation Closed, Tell Of Hard Work, Heartache.
August 27, 2000|CHRIS PARKER, The Morning Call
Paul Paslawsky (of Coaldale) worked for 33 years at the No. 8 colliery in Coaldale. He showed a visitor the scar on his left arm.
'I was lifting a rock up to throw it in the car and it slipped, and it cut me right there,` he said.
He often worked 800 feet underground.
`We drilled so many holes. Me and my buddy would tamp them with powder. We hooked the lines up and pushed the battery down, and we'd hear all the coal coming down the chute,` he recalled.
Paslawsky checked the gas levels in the mine by holding up a safety lantern.
`When I would go in in the morning, I would go up the chute 300 feet, maybe a little more, and check for gas,` he said. `When you see the flame going higher, get the hell down from there. There's gas there.`
It was methane gas that could ignite.