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Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial greenhouses; garden windows; conservatories; folding, sliding, and stacking walls, doors, windows, and screens; sunrooms; and skylights; enhances their greenhouse initiative to provide team members with fresh produce.

Pine Grove, PA, June 17, 2013 - Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of residential and commercial greenhouses; garden windows; conservatories; folding, sliding, and stacking walls, doors, windows, and screens; sunrooms; and skylights; enhances their greenhouse initiative to provide team members with fresh produce. Solar Innovations, Inc. has enhanced their greenhouse initiative to provide its employees and their families with fresh produce. The LEED gold certified corporate office and manufacturing facility features numerous working greenhouses, cold frames, and outside gardens that serve as learning tools for potential customers. A byproduct of this learning experience is the greenhouses' production of fresh fruit and vegetables.

In recent years, collective gardens have been transforming communities around the world and Solar Innovations, Inc. hopes its greenhouses are able to provide team members with the same sense of community and connection to the environment. These greenhouses are maintained by Solar team members and the produce that is generated is distributed throughout the company during lunch hours and break time.

In the spring of 2012, a strawberry patch was planted which yielded its first harvest of 4 quarts of strawberries in May of this year. A week later, when the second pick took place, an additional two quarts of berries were harvested. The strawberries were distributed in the cafeteria where employees enjoyed the fruit over lunch breaks and some team members even brought some home to their families.

Lettuce has also recently been made available to the Solar Innovations, Inc. team. The lettuce was grown in a cold frame manufactured by Solar Innovations, Inc. to extend growing seasons. The cold frames are used in conjunction with greenhouses and consist of an aluminum frame with a sloped glass lid which traps heat and encourages plants to grow while protecting them from dew and frost. In early April the Solar Innovations, Inc.'s team members planted broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, artichoke, and flowers in the cold frame. Each week approximately twenty lettuce plants are harvested and distributed to team members to enjoy for lunch or share with their families.

Solar Innovations, Inc.'s onsite greenhouses are the same high quality glazed structures which customers will experience at their homes and are designed to be turn-key projects. Solar can provide a greenhouse for gardeners of any skill level, at any production level, and can create a greenhouse to fulfill any customers' needs.

Solar Innovations, Inc. strives to be an environmentally conscious leader not only within the manufacturing industry, but also within the community. By providing team members locally grown organic produce, Solar Innovations, Inc. not only hopes to reduce its carbon footprint and increase self sufficencey, but to contribute to its employees' personal health.

For more information on Solar's greenhouses and corporate green initiatives, visit Solar Innovations, Inc's website. If you would like information or are interested in receiving marketing materials, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-618-0669.

Schuylkill Health recently added a new surgical visualization system, which allows doctors the ability to have more clarity and stronger images when doing arthroscopic surgery at Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street and Schuylkill Medical Center's Outpatient Surgery Center at 200 Schuylkill Medical Plaza in Pottsville.

Orthopedic Surgeons are now using the Arthrex's new SynergyHD3 system. Schuylkill Health recently introduced the new technology and is one of the only facilities throughout the region to currently offer this technology for arthroscopic surgery.

"This technology is truly revolutionary," said Dr. Jason C. Phillips, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon with Schuylkill Sports and Orthopedics. "The images we are now able to collect and interpret will be very beneficial to improved care and patient education. We can now easily tag the images we see either as still shots or video, archive these images and even share these studies with other healthcare professionals and the patients themselves. It is really amazing," Phillips said.

With Guest of Honor First Lady Susan Corbett

The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers & Employers Council will hold their annual Y.E.S. (Your Employability Skills) Recognition Breakfast on May 17th, 2013 at St. Nicholas Hall in Minersville. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m.

This is your chance to help us honor those students who put in the hard work necessary to achieve the YES Certificate. In order to earn this certificate, students must earn their high school diploma, achieve a reading and math score equivalent to grade level 9 on the TABE test, achieve a score of 21 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, demonstrate a 95% or better attendance rate over the school year (9 days unexcused) as well as the completion of the 120 hour curriculum.

These students are truly the leaders of tomorrow. If you would like to come to the breakfast, seats are still available. If you're unable to attend, we also have varying levels of sponsorships available.

If you would like to attend or sponsor the event, please contact Matt Shuey at 570-622-0940 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Susan Corbett

First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Susan Corbett, a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, began her career at Northern Lebanon School District where she taught senior high school English for one year. She then moved to San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Tom, while he attended law school and she worked as a legal secretary.

After she returned to Pennsylvania and her two children were born, Mrs. Corbett dedicated several years to staying at home and raising a family. She resumed her professional career in 1990 as a special projects manager for the President's Office at Carnegie Museums and the Director's Office of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Later, she served as Assistant Producer and then Executive Director of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, a nationally-recognized literary arts organization. From 2006 to 2010, Mrs.
Corbett served as Vice-President for Programs and Development for the Gettysburg Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.

In addition to performing myriad duties as First Lady, Mrs. Corbett currently serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, trustee of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, ex officio member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Board of Trustees and commissioner on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

In 2012 Mrs. Corbett partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Team Pennsylvania Foundation to launch the Opening Doors initiative which aims to increase the graduation rate in Pennsylvania by focusing on middle school students. Recently, she and the Department of Education announced plans underway to develop an online early warning system tool to enable educators to identify middle school students at risk of dropping out of high school and match them with interventions to keep them on a path to earning a diploma.



Published: February 19, 2013
The Pottsville Republican-Herald

ORWIGSBURG - A division of Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson plans to service cars.
Denise Calderone and Cherie Bogotuik, daughters of Dennis and Carol Schaeffer, owners of the company that sells the world-famous motorcycles in West Brunswick Township, recently founded Schaeffer's MotorSports, an offshoot of Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson. Taking over the former Heritage Ford building at 1194 Centre Turnpike, they hope to take advantage of the car lift in the former dealership and expand the family business.
Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson's need for more space was the impetus for the Feb. 21, 2012, purchase of the Heritage Ford building, which closed its doors in 2007.
"We're landlocked at our location," Bogotuik said last week.
Bogotuik is the controller and Calderone the marketing manager at Schaeffer's.
Starting up in January under the name Schaeffer's MotorSports, the company is using the former dealership as a work site for basic car maintenance, inspections and motorcycle work.
The $950,000 purchase from the Lawrence Organization last year brought 21,203 square feet of space. Cleaning and prep work began in November 2012 and took two months.
Combined, the showroom and service facility are 15,328 square feet. The other 5,875-square-foot area on the property is used to store motorcycles.
Cars are not serviced at Schaeffer's Harley-Davidson, 1123 Brick Hill Road. Customers have yet to bring in cars to service, Bogotuik said. Hours are not set for the Centre Turnpike address.
The sisters' business is part of the parent company.
"We're one company yet. It's one place," Bogotuik said.
With the expansion, eight additional lifts are available to service motorcycles, said Bruce Croneberger, technician.
A total of 24 lifts are available for use at the Brick Hill Road location, he said.
"We do anything from engine upgrades to complete race bikes," he said.
In addition to the aforementioned services, a motorcycle safety rider course might be something that is offered at the new site.
"We think it would be exciting to have the training course here," Calderone said, adding that a course could be up and running by spring.
The noise from a waste oil furnace could be heard in the background of the service area last week.
"If we do an oil change on your car or your bike, we'll save the oil and put that oil in our tank and then we have a heater that heats the service department and it runs strictly off used motor oil," Croneberger said.
The furnace was already in the building when purchased. The area where the bikes are stored is also heated using the same method with another furnace.

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