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Often known in many regions as “sloppy Joe’s”, to the residents of the Coal Region and Schuylkill County in particular, this is “barbecue“; not something smoked over wood or a smoking/cooking technique, it refers to a sandwich consisting of chopped meat (usually ground beef) simmered in a sa…

As a coal cracker, I was surrounded by the ability to enjoy just about every variety of Tastykake product out there (Tastykake bakery was based in Philadelphia, Pa. and their products were widely available in just about every store in the Coal Region, from grocery chains, to Mom and Pop corn…

Also known in some places as “pickled eggs,” these are well known in the Coal Region, thanks to the Pennsylvania Dutch influence in the area.  In the plethora of bars and hoseys (volunteer fire companies) that dot the landscape in towns all across the coal region, you will often find a jar o…

In the Coal Region, a local company, Miller’s (St. Clair, PA), makes a very popular hot bologna and it feels like there is a jar of it on display at every corner bar and at every fire company (hosey) bar — at least in Schuylkill County!

Pennsylvania lawmakers have recently acted on several bills that could help farmers and rural people weather the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 360, which sets 18 as the minimum age to obtain a marriage license and extends the time period for child care and school employees to obtain their criminal Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background certifications.

Harrisburg, Pa. -- While school buildings won’t reopen before the academic year ends, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is bringing wildlife education straight to students’ homes through a remote-learning campaign known as Wildlife on WiFi.

Popular at bake sales, school fundraising events, and across the Coal Region in general, this old-fashioned jelly-roll type potato based candy is known in the Anthracite region as “Flitch” although many “flitch” recipes do not use the potato — so technically this is officially “POTATO CANDY.…