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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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MI Windows and Doors today announced a formal ownership transition plan to be led by the current management team at MIWD. The management team, along with the support of Pete DeSoto and ShoreView Industries, has successfully completed a transaction to purchase MI Windows and Doors from JT Walker Industries.

Pete DeSoto, an industry veteran of more than 50 years, will become Chairman of the newly formed entity. Matt DeSoto has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the business. Mike DeSoto will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Stan Sullivan will take on the role of Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO).

"As MI Windows and Doors continues its long tradition of providing quality products to the housing market, I am pleased to hand over the reins to our seasoned management team whose drive and significant expertise in the fenestration industry will advance our continued growth as a leading manufacturing company," said Pete DeSoto. "I am proud that our team members at MIWD have made an indelible mark in providing best-in-class products to the building industry. Our commitment to making quality products and delivering them accurately and on-time has never been stronger. Moving forward, I am anxious to work with the management team to accelerate our efforts of being an industry leader."

MI Windows and Doors has partnered with Minneapolis-based ShoreView Industries to complete an ownership transition of the 60 year old building products manufacturer. As a result of the transaction, ShoreView Industries will hold a significant minority interest in MIWD.

Brett Habstritt, Partner at ShoreView Industries, will join the MIWD board, and is enthusiastic about the prospects for growth. "MIWD is an industry leader and we feel that the timing could not be better to assist in the next phase of growth for the business. We are truly excited to be partnering with the MI Windows and Doors management team and Pete DeSoto on this opportunity," he said.

Matt DeSoto echoed the excitement felt about the future of MIWD, "We are quite honored with the opportunity that has been provided to us and feel very fortunate to have the best team members, customers, and suppliers in the industry. Furthermore, our entire team is thankful to have the vast experience of Pete DeSoto and the ShoreView team behind us."

About MI Windows and Doors:

MI Windows and Doors is one of the nation's largest suppliers of energy efficient vinyl, aluminum, and composite windows and doors. With plants across the country, MI offers a broad spectrum of windows and doors backed by exemplary customer service. For additional information about MI Windows and Doors, visit

About Shoreview Industries:

Based in Minneapolis, ShoreView Industries manages $600 million in private equity funds. ShoreView invests in established companies with operations in North America, across a wide range of industries. ShoreView structures a variety of acquisition, recapitalization and build-up transactions, typically in businesses with revenues ranging between $20 million and $300 million. For more information about ShoreView industries, visit