Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crime Alert

Be on the look out for crooks and people vandalising property in Robesonia.  There have been a slew of break-ins-Christmas ornaments stolen and/or destroyed-paint ball being used on houses and car-break-ins. This has happened in Heidelberg Township as well as in the boro.  If you see any suspicious people hanging around please call the local police to have them checked out.  We have a much larger number of creepy people that have moved into our once safe little towns.  Watch out for your neighbors.  LOCK the doors to your houses and cars.  If you have seen anything please add it to the blog and report it to the local police. 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Freedom or Health

Recently a local company implemented a $11.56 a week or $600.00 a year charge for all of their smoking employees.  Seems to cross a line that we may all be facing as America becomes more and more a social country.  What's next $15.00 a week if you are over weight?  How about $20 a week if you enjoy cocktails after work or on weekends?  Maybe $20 a week if you use a tanning bed?  Where does this kind of payroll deduction end?  Is it legal?  If you have any thoughts I'd love to hear them.  This charge is affecting the paycheck of someone I care very much about, who works hard for his money and must agree to pay the fee, stop smoking and or enroll in a stop smoking program.  Who has the right to demand how we choose to live our lives.  Everyone knows the risks of smoking.  Do I wish they all would quit?  Yes.  Do I think they should be charged through their workplace because they choose to smoke?  No.

Make the next election work for America!

These are some of the changes we want to hear and have implemented from the next presidential candidates and those seeking offices that influence the changes needed to get this country back on the right track.

Make Congress pay into the Social Security, Welfare, & Healthcare systems.  Maybe if it was their money they'd be more interested in fixing the flaws and controlling the costs and benefits.

There needs to be a limit on how long anyone can hold a political position.  This would end the "old boys" networks from their unfair and mostly corrupt grouping.  A change of ideas every 4 years is a good thing.  There has to be a way to get people into these positions that really want to make the neccessary changes and not just collect a paycheck.  If you do get voted in and we are unhappy with what you are doing we should be able to show up in numbers and have you ousted.

Stop illegal immigration period.  If we would have kept our borders secured we could have illiminated 85% of the problems our country is facing today.  It's time to STOP the politically correct bull and get people elected into positions that want these mostly usless, lazy, crmminal, bloodsuckers to be returned to their homelands.  Only allow them visiting rights with the strictest of rules to come in and get out.  We are at the point in most cities that the drain these immigrants are costing just isn't worth the few that make something of theirselves. 

Being born here does not make you an automatic citizen that is allowed to start bellying up to the free handout wagon.  No more aid of any kind.  The money we pay into these programs belongs to Americans who fall on bad times.  If you can't afford to come here, stay home. We are drained from feeding you, paying for your housing, medical, and clothing.  You are overcrowing our prisons because you steal from us and only know your crimminal lifestyle.  You have shown us you prefer your corrupt lifestyle.

Stop allowing those elected to vote for their own raises and crack down on expense allowances.  Only an elected official would allow the corruption going on amongst their own.  How does this bizzare crap get passed?  We the people want the high paychecks stoppped and reasonable caps put on these people who just run amock with our money.  We want to start seeing where it goes, what we're getting for it, and who the biggest thieves are so we can get them OUT!  Some of the expenses just released are more than I make in a year of working.  These people are part-timers.

Stop the bailouts.  You fail you fail.  I guarantee if I fail it will be up to me to figure out how I'm going to make it.  What I need to do to fix it and what I did wrong that caused it.  Problem with society today is no matter how hard I work people in higher positions have the right to spend/take my money through taxes.  I can be forced into failure due to all of their mishandling of their jobs.  How is that fair.  There needs to be limits set on how much other people can spend of what we work for.  If your company crashes because you over pay employees or overspend your budget why is that my problem?

Stop the paychecks when your term is over.  Again, who gets paid forever on a job that you did for 4 years and a 100% pension?  I highley doubt anyone reading this will collect a full pension for a job well done for 10 years let alone 4.  What makes them worth more than us?  We work to pay for their luxeries.  And lately very few are working for us.  The man in charge has convinced me he hates Americans, this country, and is set on spending us into a no recovery position before we oust his butt.  When we get him out, fix all his mistakes, secure our borders, stop the sytems fraud gaps, and have all his cronies replaced this country will recover and most likley at a rate they may surprise us.  The blue collar hard working people will be 100% back on track and in support of a government that is working for us and our beliefs.  This doesn't have to be a dream, we have to make it happen and electing the right people is the way we will do it.

English is the language here.  If you can't speak it LEARN it.  No more provisions that make it easier for you to live here and not live by our standards.  Americans don't go to your homelands and demand you speak English, pay for their healthcare, feed them, pay for their housing and live by their religous beliefs.  Don't do it here. 

There needs to be a system in place that stops the fraud of the welfare and social security systems.  In New York there was a plan on the table by Rudy (crushed by those politically correct jerks) that crossed checked through fingerprints and social security numbers.  This is a no brainer and should be in full operation NOW!  Do you know how much fraud this would eliminate.  No SS#, no fingerprints, no collecting!  Throw the picture driver's licensein the mix and operation crackdown becomes a part of what we do here in America. 
I have neighbors around me collecting in New York then coming to Reading and collecting here.  Why are they getting away with it?  No one checks.  They live here weekends and live in New York during the week.  They keep their New York phone numbers and hide out in Berks County enjoying the money we feed the system.  Some of these people are collecting thousands of dollars in aid while they enjoy home ownership, new cars, and a well stocked frig and freezer. 

War.  Sorry who this may offend but, what the hell are we doing in other countries fighting their battles that really should be none of our business.   If our borders were secure terrorists couldn't get in here and they could take out all their rock throwing, bomb making, aggression out on each other.  All the money wasted on fighting this war we are in now is just wrong.  Rebuliding cities we destroy, spending millions of dollars in other counties and still gas is over $2.50 a gallon.  All the lives lost, families destroyed, and we are still no where with these idiots.  What is the point?  United States needs to start worrying about the United States.  Concentrate on our people, our security, our babies, our senior citizens, our jobs, our health and our well being. 

Please feel free to comment, good or bad.  I am not publishing this as part of any political party.  I am not being prejudice or heartless.  I am worried about this nation and the direction this president and congress are steering us toward.  We must start a revolution if we are going to fill the positions opening up with people who truly believe in standing up for America as we know it and want it to be.  Congress has got to change so we can stop the out of control spending a bad decisions that are being passed into laws we will all be forced to live by.  If you think you don't make a difference, you are wrong!  Everybody needs to work together and vote for those who can help get us back on the right road to a FREE America.  Trust me this group running the show is slowly but surely going to eliminate our freedoms. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Conrad Weiser Administration/Teacher Salaries

As requested I am posting 2007-2008 salaries of administration and teachers in our Conrad Weiser School District.  I cannot post them all but what I am posting should answer your questions.  I have more of an issue with the OVERPAID administration than I do with most of the teachers.  Keep in mind that in addition to these numbers they enjoy a good health care plan and a nice retirement package.  I admire the work a good teacher does.  My problem is how the schools spend our money and how little control we, as the paying people have in the say of how they spend it.  If the current administration and school board cannot tighten the belt and start lowering costs then it is time to replace them with more educated people with new ideas on how to close the account on our checkbooks. Please share your thoughts and consider taking them to school board meetings.  Go to this link for more information on Berks County Schools, salaries & comparisons.  http://php.app.com/PAteachers/search.php

Betsy Adams-High School Principal-$100,099
Robert Urzillo-Superintendent-$121,800
Robert Galtere-Asst Vice Principal-$68,800
Robert Bentz-Library-$78,096
Linda Breidigam-Nurse-$51,295
Chris Elliott-Counselor-$78,096
Chris Haller-Principal-$74,783
Candy Hartraft-Food Services Manager-$61,991
Lynne Hassler-Principal Elementary-$84,312
Kristin Herein-School Nurse-$49,914
John Karahuta-Counselor-$70,933
Russ Kline-Counselor-$57,288
Elizabeth Lambu-Supervisor Curriculum-$95,000
Kathie Matthew-Library-$73,381
Sandra Pearsall-Library-$56,390
Charles Rabuck-Principal-$99.270
Robert Reese-Supervisor Special Ed-$100,170
Robin Robertson-Business Manager-$80,000
Dennis Roule-Asst Superintdent-$109,800
Scott Shultz-Director of Athletics-$66,050
Kara Small-School Psychologist-$47,847
Louise Snyder-Ocepek-School Nurse-$53,635
Gina Spicknall-Cook-School Psychologist-$22,800
Joseph Torchia-was Middle School Principal at $87,130 another position was created for Torchia to remain in the district
Amanda Weidner-School Psychologist-$44,529
Rita Wingle-Librarian-$58,561
Bev Yoder-Nurse-$52,295
Courtney Zickler-Counselor-$49,295
Now for the Teachers
Karen Arndt-Grades 1 to 3-$66,139
Jean Becker-Special Ed-$59,904
Gene Becker-Pys Ed-$78,096
Cheryl Benfer-Grades1-3-$65,412
Brenda Bennick-$72,361
Kenny Bright-$43,338
Deb Brubaker-$57,219
Tony Casamassa-$50,881
Cindy Clouser-Special Ed-$61,316
Diana Cook-Music-$57,288
Arlan Dietrich-Computers/Math-$78,096
Rebecca Donahue-Atl Ed-$59,973
Ann Douglas-Special Ed-$62,727
Ray Edwards-Biology/Science-$78,096
Janis Edwards-English-$72,361
Anna Erdman-Grades 4-6-$59,973
Amy Eremita-Grades 1-3-$39,818
Charleen Evaul-Special Ed-$66,518
Sally Fetterman-Speech Correction-$65,176
Natalie Fisher-Math-$65,176
Roger Flory-Grades 4-6-$78,096
Lori Franco-Grades 1-3-$57,288
Ray Frederick-Ind Arts-$58,828
Sandra George-Special Ed-$44,092
Rose Gerhart-German-$57,219
Robert Good-Special Ed-$65,176
Christine Goodhart-Art-$57,629
Sandra Grajewski-Earth & Space-$55,149
Roberta Hampson-English-$73,381
Dennis Harman-Math-$78,096
Phillip Hayes-Social Studies-$78,096
Steve Heffner-English-$67,861
Louise Houtz-Grades 1-3-$65,176
Diane Hubler-Home Ec-$26,198
David Jensen-Special Ed-$73,381
Greg Kirschman-Ind Arts-$73,381
Clark Knarr-Computer Tech-$71,984
Sheila Lentz-English-$78,096
Jeff Lillis-Gifted Classes-$67,159
Russ Lowe-Art-$43,318
Debra McDermott-Grades 1-3-$58,838
Tabitha Meridith-Ag-$47,092
Holly Miller-Grades1-3-$69.913
Steve Miller-Ag-$78,096
Dave Moerder-Ind Arts-$68-893
Kathy Mohn-English-$67,861
Alan Moyer-Atl Ed-$58,631
Cindy Murdough-Sciences-$61,385 (18 yrs)
Zach Musser History/SS-$19,000 (1st year)
Vince Natale-Math-$48,400 (10 yrs)
James Nicholas-Science-$41,774 (2 yrs)
Nicole Noll-Grades4-6-$57,597 (12 yrs)
Cathy Penta-Reading-$66,518 (21 yrs)
Paula Prohaska-Math-$47,092 (6 yrs)
Denise Rathman-Science/Bio-$62,491 (5yrs)
Bonnie Redcay-Grades 1-3-$78,096 (35 yrs)
Stacey Ressler-Grades 1-3-$55,116 (10 yrs)
Diane Rurode-Latin-78,096 (33 yrs)
Nancy Schafer-Kindergarten-$39,318 (1 yr)
Ann Schmidt-Economics-$53,635 (15 yrs)
Stefanie Schneck-Special Ed-$43,592 (3 yrs)
Linda Schnieder-Instructional Support-$66,139
Deb Smith-Kindergarten-$49,861 (5 yrs)
Melani Sunderland-Grades 4-6-$62,491 (9 yrs)
Patricia Thornon-Special Ed-$78,096
Catherine Wenger-Grades 4-6-$72,635
Scott Wert-Social Studies-$53,395
Elizabeth Wissinger-Typing-$78,096 (31 yrs)
Cathi Witmer-Typing-$49,640 (11 yrs)
Ruth Wolfe-6th-$68,893 (27 yrs)
Kathy Zerbe-Grades 1-3-$66,139 (29 yrs)
Just some not near all of the salaries.  The median salary for Weiser is $53,000

Friday, December 4, 2009

Property Taxes/Cox Town Hall Meeting

It is hard to find anyone these days that isn't disgusted about property taxes and they showed up December 3rd at Tulpehocken to tell Jim Cox how bad it is.  I admire Marsha Barth, owner of Stouchsburg Nursery for giving some real numbers.  I have been a loyal customer of the nursery and I'm aware of how much money is robbed from us but she really put it out there.  She stated that they are a 20 year old family business that used to employ 12 people.  Now they are down to 5 employees 3 of which are family.  She said they must sell $150,000 worth of merchandise just to pay the property taxes and health insurance.  WHAT?  Yeah, how ridiculous is that?  Does it make the picture clearer as to why there are no businesses, no jobs?  She also stated they work 60-70 hours aweek to pay for people who DON'T WORK!  We all know who they are.  Cox attacked Rendell and the Democrats for spending $10.7 billion on public welfare (the problem).  Cox also agrees that we must start cutting the over paid administrators in our schools.  The fact is that these $100,000 a year jerks are part of the problem facing all of us struggling out here to survive.  What can you, we do?  School board meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month in the high school library.  The December 17th meeting will begin at 6:30pm.  We need to start holding our school board responsible for wasting money on high price individuals that can be replaced with those who will work for a resonable salary in these desperate times.  We need to cut staff and teachers need to accept they have to contribute to their health care and retirement and that they may not get a raise every year.  We are all struggling and most of us involved in this fight to stop the drain on our income are working damn hard right now just to hold onto what we have worked so hard for so many years to own.  I know a few good people in this community that have good ideas to change the way the "good old boys" have been running this rodeo and I think it's about time we start electing them into positions where they can help us!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Pending Teacher Strike

Conrad Weiser teachers are threatening a strike if they do not get a contract soon.  They have been working without a contract since July 1st and claim that the school board is not bargaining in good faith.  Can we really afford a pay raise for teachers?  I didn't get one.  My parents on social security didn't get one.  My son at UPS didn't get one.  I am sorry but as much as I appreciate the job teachers do, we simply cannot afford higher school taxes so that they can get a raise and health benefits.  It is not only seniors being school taxed out of their homes it is a good percent of lower and middle class people as well.  Teachers do need a contract but reasonable would be status quo.  If they strike it could mean no holiday breaks or a June 30th school year.  Not to mention the costs involved for the school to fight them.  If there was a good time to attend school board meetings, this is it.  With all of us struggling and having to find a way to cope why should teachers be any different?  We are all in this together and right now in these tough times it is not fair to ask for more from Conrad Weiser residents.  What do you think? 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Spirit of Christmas Trail

The Spirit of Christmas Trail begins Friday December 4th and continues December 5th and 6th 10am to 5pm each day.  This is a perfect opportunity to visit local shoppes and see all the creative displays and Christmas decor.  There will be free food, entertainment and raffles.  There is something special going on in every shoppe.  Don't miss it!  Get your ticket at any of the participating shoppes for a mere $5.00.  Have it validated in every shoppe on your shopping trip and get your shopping done early.  Your ticket also entitles you to $5.00 off a $30 purchase in each store and the chance to win one of 10 prizes.  Surely you can find something for everyone on your list among these participating stores:
A Wrinkle in Time
Randler's Garden Center & Gift Shop
Bountiful Harvest
Lor's Candy Station
The Salt Box
Vicymarie's Custom Jewelry & Boutique
Healthy Paws
Robesonia Tools
1700 Historic Collectibles Shop
Don't for get those pets.  On Saturdays in December (5-12-19) from 10 am to 3pm Healthy Paws will be holding their annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Robesonia Police Force

Tonight Robesonia is going to decide on merging it's police force with Wernersville. It would make more sense and be smarter cost wise to merge with Heidelberg Township which Supervisors DP Randler and Randy Yoh agree with and are willing to discuss. If we merge with Wernersville be aware that you will no longer be able to go to our local police office with concerns. Bigger is not always better. In this case it is not what is best for our small town (in my opinion). Randy Gartner would like to see the Heidelberg merger over Wernersville and as our new mayor beginning in January he has other ideas that make sense for Robesonia. Once again we have a boro council (the worst in history) that are more interested in power grabbing than doing what is in the best interests of the town. Please call your council members and voice your concerns about this decision. Even to ask for more time to see the projected costs and clearer details of the arrangement. Here are numbers to call:
Pres-Harvey Marshall 610-693-5688
V Pres-Joyce Phillips 610-693-3474 (she does not want to be contacted at home).
Bob Pierce- 610-693-6866
Abby Wertz 610-693-6182
Vernon Bright 610-693-5366
Jeff Gerhart 610-693-5391
Randy Gartner 610-693-6244
Mayor Frank Schnee 610-693-5457
Boro Hall 610-693-3474

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Traffic Light Womelsdorf

Almost got creamed today at the Boyer's, CVS traffic light. Who in their "right mind" would change the light function? Womelsdorf Boro Council? Why? Now traffic is coming at you when the light turns green. No more light green you go with no oncoming traffic. I didn't know they changed it and it was nearly a head on crash for me. Beware all. I think this should be changed back! This is surely going to be the site of serious accidents. Isn't that why it was changed? Deadly and serious accidents.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Robesonia Businesses

We have a variety of good businesses here in town. It is worth your time to visit these businesses and spend your money locally. Most of the business owners also live here and depend on our support to do what they do. We have a variety of restaurants, bars and sandwich shops. { Ozgood's, Heidelberg, Twinch, Tony's, Johnny & Hons, Falco's } We have a candy store and a coffee shop. {Lori's & Luke's} There are numerous gift shops that sell home decor-jewelry, clothing, food, candles, gifts for men, Primitive, modern, country, seasonal, outside, landscape, fireplaces, statuary, yard tools, furniture. {Randler's, Vickymarie's, Victoria's, Bountiful Harvest, Salt Box, A Wrinkle in Time} We have stores that sell used clothing, baby items, furniture and houswares. {Goodwill & Now & Then} We have garages and used car businesses. {West Side Auto, Eiceman's, West Penn, Hoover's, GT Auto, Favinger's } We have a pet store. {Healthy Paws} We have a store selling and renting new and used mobility equipment, vehicles and health supplies. {Mobility Express} We have an assisted living home that encourages independance with the assistance of staff. {Golden Ridge} We have computer sales and service. {JAG Computer Services} There are many hair salons. (Desiree's, Rosa's, IXL, Hoffa's, Reigel's, Villa } The are many contractors that offer landscaping, building, repair, concrete, remodeling. (Dennis Rick Contracting, Randler's, Holt's, Seisinger, Dennis Unger } We have our very own sign shop that can make you anything from banners, yard signs, business signs, vehicle lettering and more. {Quality Awning and Signs} If I missed your business I am sorry please add it in the comments. That's a lot of business for a small town...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wernersville prison

Well as I wrote about in the November Our Robesonia they are housing criminals in Wernersville. A newly released prisoner just finished 90 days at the country facility and proceeded to break into homes in Exeter. 4 houses they know of more they suspect. Yes we are lucky he moved out of this area to commit his crimes but the next one could commit any number of offenses right here close to home. I am shocked people are not talking more about this. Over half of the phone calls and emails I received on the subject people were unaware of what was going on on the State Hospital grounds. Wake up my neighbors they are housing, trying to rehab crooks, rapists, abusers...What do you know about or want to share on this subject?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Flu ailment help and Chat

Seems everyone I talk to their children have some version of a sickness going around. Some are far from pretty and a lot of them are down right scary with all the Swine Flu death reports. Some parents have been told to not come to the Doctor for fear of spreading flu while parents panic as they watch very sick kids suffer and are scared about just how serious it may be. If your child has been sick add your experience to the comments on this blog. What you did to ease theie symptoms and what advice your Doctor gave you. What symptoms your child had and if it was diagnosed as the H1N1. Maybe just sharing the experience will help get you through or help another parent going through it.

Goodwill in Robesonia

Medical Mobility Equipment Donation Centre
The proud non-profit** business of
Medical and Mobility Equipment, LLC
Is that power chair…lift chair…scooter…stairlift…walker… accessible van…ramp…collecting dust? Someone could really get use out of it!

If you have any new, old or unused durable medical equipment in your possession, we'd like to refurbish it, recycle it, and place it in the hands of someone who needs it. Everyday we find those in need of durable medical equipment, but are unable to afford it.
Every donated item goes through a strict regimented list of superior standards to guarantee the client is getting a totally refurbished “like new” piece of equipment. We offer this equipment at a minimal cost that covers the expenses to help operate this facet of the company. Our staff is trained to make sure the refurbished equipment is:
· medically safe and sanitary
· attractive and up-to-date
· extremely affordable
· 90 day parts warranty
We actually de-stress the giver who feels responsible for selling a piece of equipment that may breakdown or need work.
Medical Mobility Equipment Donation Centre of American Medical and Mobility is turning this all around. Your donated durable medical equipment will directly benefit someone in need. Our business hours are the designated drop off times for the equipment. We ask that please, nothing be left outside our facility. For your convenience, there are many instances where we would be happy to pick the equipment up at your home or facility. Please call for arrangements. We also un-install stairlifts, all of course at no cost to you!
**On an important note, it is crucial we operate this business as a non- profit company. Since this is a non-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductable and thus a financial benefit. We look forward to hearing from you.
~John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Our Business Plan!

Let’s keep it simple.

We will accept staring immediately any DME piece except toilet seats and Bedpans.
We will provide a 90 day parts warrantee.
Each piece of equipment will go back to Harley and Jarod Initially. Collaberatively Mike, Jarod, and Harley will make a decision on price after these are factored in to retail price.
Year of piece
Wear and tear of piece
Parts and cost needed to refurbish
Labor involved to redo/sterilize/make like new!!

There will be a serial # given to each piece of equipment, displayed somewhere prominently on the unit.

Crime in Robesonia

Keep your eyes open and feel free to share what you feel may be suspicious. DP Randler and Healthy Paws were both broken into this year. Election signs were destroyed from Church St to Elm St. Maybe you saw something that could solve the "who did it" mysteries. Healthy Paws was most likely broken into by kids because of the items taken. A CD player, change, ceramic toilet that was used to hold pennies. Maybe you have seen the items. Cars were scratched on Meadow Ave. Let's get the talking started and maybe just maybe our own crime watch and alertness can help police solve crimes and catch who commits them.

The begining

I wanted all my local readers and neighbors to have a place to go and share things of interest and concern in our area. After writing the Our Robesonia for almost 6 years I realize I can do more to bring us all together. This is it. A place to come and share your feelings about events, people and the area. A place to share crimes you witness or suspicious activity in the area. Please check in on my blog daily to see what is going on or happened around you that you may not know but need to. Add your comments. You can always get me at vc9722@aol.com. Let's make this work as another tool to take care of each other by being informed. Good or bad we all need to know what our leaders, police, kids and nieghbors are doing if it can open doors to helping each other or stopping crmminal behavior. So, welcome to my blog.