County residents resolve for healthier new year | News

Some Schuylkill County residents are looking forward to the new year with resolutions to be healthier and happier in 2021.

Mary Ann Mullen, New Ringgold, said she always resolves to stay in shape and be healthy.

This year, she added that she hopes to be able to move forward past the pandemic.

“No more COVID and a healthy new year,” Mullen said. “I hope everybody moves on in the new year.”

John Vadyak, Schuylkill Haven, said he is happy 2020 is ending, and he hopes next year will be different.

“I want to be more healthy and to be able to get out and about more,” Vadyak said.

For Lacie Hemerly, Pottsville, this year has been difficult, and has shown her that “life’s too short.”

“Just to live life every day,” Hemerly said of her resolution.

Hemerly said despite the challenges of this year, she is optimistic for the

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‘Masks 4 MontcoPA’ Volunteers Help Residents Stay Safe, Healthy

NORRISTOWN, PA — It takes a village to protect a county, and few know that better than the volunteers at Masks 4 MontcoPA, a cohort of residents freely offering their time and supplies to make homemade face masks for residents in need.

The work of Masks 4 MontcoPA is coordinated by Tammy Tarloski, Community Information Content Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County.

Tarloski said the idea for the group was born early in the coronavirus pandemic from discussions within county government of how people can obtain masks. She said she created the Masks 4 MontcoPA Facebook group, but its growth has been largely spurred organically and through collaboration.

Tarloski said she originally created spreadsheets directing “sewists” — a combination of sewing and artist — to requests from those in need of masks, but the approach proved unnecessary thanks to the commitment sewists have to

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