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Yuengling Shows Thanks With Free Barbecue, Snacks

By Amy Marchiano (Republican-Herald Staff Writer)

Published: July 25, 2013

The Pottsville Republican-Herald

Lunch was free courtesy of Richard L. "Dick" Yuengling, president of D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., on Wednesday.

The Pottsville business had hot dogs, bratwurst, chips, pretzels, soda and water available to those who stopped by in front the brewery for its Barbeque at the Brewery event at 501 Mahantongo St.

Yuengling said the event was "something to get people out and enjoy themselves," adding that it was a way to show appreciation for support of the company.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. people ate food, posed for photographs with Yuengling and Tommy Greene, a retired Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, shopped at the gift store, and, in the case of one man, even texted a number for his chance to win a "Little Guy

The trailer will be given away to a Schuylkill County resident in late November or early December, said Rob Schimony, division sales manager for Yuengling. It has room for two people and includes a mini burner in the back, a pullout queen size bed and an electric outlet.

"It's kind of like the ultimate tail gate thing," he said.

No purchase is necessary for the approximate 12 foot by 7 foot, trailer valued at $7,000 and manufactured by an Ohio company.Yuengling

Those who want to try their luck at the trailer may text Lager5 to 74455.

Another trailer will be given away company wide to those who apply later this year.

The food was the event's big draw. It's Just Barbecue, Deer Lake, started cooking at 5 a.m. at the brewery.

"We're just actually boiling the last batch of them (bratwurst) right now," said Jeff Stumpf, a co-owner along with his wife, Rena, as he stood on site.

The bratwurst were boiled in Yuengling Black and Tan beer before they finished cooking on the grill. Onions, peppers and other condiments were available.

In all, 400 bratwurst and 500 hot dogs were cooked. The bratwurst were gone by about 1:38 p.m. There were about 100 hot dogs still left at that time, he said.

Chris Branham, 39, of Wind Gap, Northampton County, was enjoying her day off.

"This is much better than work," she said.

Her husband, Mike Futchko, 42, also enjoyed himself. They both had something to eat and said the food was good.

Futchko met Yuengling for the first time.

"He's very approachable and very nice to talk to," he said.

Yuengling autographed a square sign commemorating the brewery's 175th anniversary, posed for photos and signed T-shirts at the event.

Gloria Land had her photo taken with Yuengling.

"He's great," she said.

Pottsville Mayor John D. W. Reiley said the turnout this year was good.

"I look forward to it every year," he said.

Greene, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher from 1990 to 1995, signed autographs and posed for pictures to show his support for Yuengling.

He grew up in Whiteville, N.C., and said he liked his first visit to Pottsville.

"Nice, small town. I like it. Lots of Phillies fans. That's good," he said.

Anyone who spent $15 could also spin a wheel and win one of six prizes: an eagle tumbler, lager keg bank, khaki golf hat, 175th metal sign, black can koozie or a $5 gift card.

"Every spin's a win," said Debbie Altobelli, tour director.

Intellectual Property Attorney Joins Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Douglas Panzer has affiliated with the Lehigh Valley law firm of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. in an "Of Counsel" role. Mr. Panzer specializes in technology transactions and intellectual property strategy, transactions and litigation, with particular focus in the areas of computer software, e-commerce and the Internet.

Mr. Panzer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Washington & Lee University and his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. He has worked at the intellectual property law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd. in Philadelphia Fitzpatrick Lentz and Bubbaand served as Corporate Counsel for The Neat Company.

Joseph A. Bubba, the Firm's Managing Partner, noted: "Hiring Doug allows us to provide a wider array of intellectual property services to our business clients. His unique experience with software and technology companies will be a perfect fit given our proximity to Lehigh University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and other business incubators."

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C., is a full-service law firm providing quality legal services in real estate, land use, business, commercial litigation, health care, estate planning & taxation, employment, bankruptcy, family law and related areas. The law firm has been named "Who's Who in Business Lehigh Valley" every year since 2008, and was named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2010-2012.

Solar Innovations, Inc. Wins 2013 NSA Design Awards

The National Sunroom Association (NSA) announced the winners of the 2013 NSA Design Awards at NSA's annual meeting in New Orleans. The 2013 Design Awards mark the ninth anniversary of the competition. Solar Innovations, Inc. of Pine Grove, Pa. won in the following categories:

Existing or Wood Roof Sunroom Above $50,000 

Glazed Roof Sunroom $35,000 - $50,000

Solar Innovations, Inc. was also the finalist in the Glazed Roof Sunroom Above $50,000 category for a private home.

Award Criteria

The National Sunroom Association Design Awards recognize excellence in the design and installation of sunrooms, solariums, and patio rooms. Over thirty-five entries of sunrooms, solariums, and patio rooms constructed in 2012 were submitted for this competition. All entries were judged on the basis of 1) aesthetic appeal, 2) how well the sunroom, patio room, or solarium enhances the architecture and natural surroundings of the home or commercial setting, and 3) its interior appeal and functionality. To increase the diversity of entries, all sunroom designs were judged by four different cost levels, as well as three different roofing types.

Quandel Enterprises, Inc. Gets Ranked Nationally

Quandel Enterprises, Inc., a local construction firm, was recently named in Engineering
News-Record's current edition of The Top 400 Contractors. ENR is a national construction industry publication
which rated Quandel in comparison to construction firms nationwide compiling Quandel's ranking at No. 236.

Quandel Enterprises, Inc., in business since 1882, has offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Chicago and Minnesota.

Shannon Brennan M.Ed. named new Campus Director for McCann School of Business & Technology in Hazlet

McCann School of Business & Technology named Shannon Brennan the new Campus Director for the Hazleton Campus. Shannon began working for McCann in 1999 as the Regional Director of Career Services. Since 2006, Shannon has been the Campus Director of the Pottsville Campus and recently accepted an expanded role to take over as Campus Director of the Hazleton location. Shannon has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from St. Joseph's University and a Master's of Education in Training and Development from Penn State University. Shannon is also the owner Trio Salon in Pottsville, PA and co-founder of Peace FrogNatural Foods in Pottsville. Shannon was voted the 2011 Business Woman of the Year by the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Schuylkill Chamber
of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Board of Directors for the Schuylkill Alliance for Health Care Access.

About McCann School of Business & Technology

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