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West End Spree Continues

The Pocono Record report on-going thefts and vandalism in our area. Please be vigilant and look out for our neighbors.

Click HERE for the Pocono Record article on tire slashing.
Click HERE for the Pocono Record article on home burglary.

PV Graduation

The Pleasant Valley Class of 2010 will hold commencment excercises on Friday, June 11th at 7pm at the high school stadium. This will be PV's 50th graduating class.

Good Luck Seniors!

Please don't drink and drive :(

PV Baseball Wins MVC & Districts!

The Pleasant Valley baseball team shutout Parkland 5-0 to win their first district title since 1984.

PV Academic Fair

Monday, April 26

6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Come see student projects and entertainment at the Pleasant Valley High School.

Toledo And Chamberlain Take 6th At State Wrestling Tournament

Jordan Toledo fell 3-1 to eventual champion Steve Spearman of McDowell in the semi-final round at 130 lbs. to ultimately take 6th place in Hershey.

Jake Chamberlain fought back in the Consolation rounds to also finish 6th at 135 lbs.

PV tied for 28th place in team points out of 126 teams competing in the state tournament.

Congratulations to Jordan and Jake! PV Proud!

PV Finishes 9th In Region NE-AAA As Toledo And Chamberlain Advance To States

Jordan Toledo took the Silver medal and Jake Chamberlain took the Bronze as they advanced to the state wrestling championships in Hershey next week. Mike Pokrinchak just missed qualifying for states losing 8-6 to finish 4th.

Thirty-three teams competed in the Northeast AAA Region wrestling tournament with Pleasant Valley coming in 9th with 46.5 points. Other county teams competing included Stroudsburg (12th with 40), PME (18th with 20), ESS (25th with 10) and PMW (27th with 9).

Congratulations to all the PV wrestlers and good luck Jordan and Jake next weekend!

Jordan Toledo

Jake Chamberlain

Click HERE for the Championship Brackets.

PV Inducts 7 Into Hall Of Fame

Principals John Gress and Dan Wunder among inductees. Click HERE for the PR article.

Merry Christmas & Happy 2010 from Chestnuthillinfo!

May you and your family have a blessed holiday season and a prosperous new year
from Jim Spinola & family!

Toledo - Kromelbein Lead Bears At Powerade Wrestling Tournament

Jordon Toledo took home the bronze medal and Cameron Kromelbein came in 8th place as the PV Bears finished 23rd out of 44 teams in one of the most elite wrestling tournaments in the country.

Toledo had two falls in his six matches losing only once (3-2) to the eventual 2nd place winner. Kromelbein, a welcome addition back to the Bears after a year at Belvidere, N.J where he went 28-6 last year, also had two falls in his four matches.

The tournament featured five teams that won state titles last year, including Central Dauphin (Pennsylvania), Shady Side Academy (Pennsylvania), Christiansburg (Virginia), Kissimmee Osceola (Florida) and Collins Hill (Georgia). Teams from Ohio West Virginia and Maryland also participated in the 43rd annual event held Canon-McMillan High School about 16 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Click HERE for the final results.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we take time to count our blessings, area groups are reaching out to the needy in our community. The Gilbert American Legion, as well as St. Luke's, and Effort and Reeder's United Methodist churches will be hosting free Thanksgiving dinners. Click HERE for more info.

Veteran's Day

Thank you to all those who served or serve our country! God Bless!!!

Spinola Garners Most Votes For PV School Board

Former board member, Jim Spinola received 2,345 votes to return to the Pleasant Valley School Board for the next four years. Spinola campaigned on the platform of tax reform and student-community mentoring projects.

He encourages input from the public and invites questions from concerned parents, PV staff and taxpayers in general via email at:

Eckert Uncontested as C-hill Township Supervisor

NJ Fire Marshall, Chris Eckert claimed the open seat for Chestnuthill Township Supervisor.

Safety Day At Polk Firehouse

See live demonstrations of the Jaws-of-Life and a Medi-Vac landing Sunday, October 4, 2009. Presentations on fire safety will occur from Noon to 3pm so come out, bring the kids and learn about fire safety!

Resistance to Powerline Continues

Residents who oppose 6-mile powerline through the West End met last month to gather support against the new 138-kilovolt powerline. Many oppose the 100-foot towers that will cut through the Jonas Mountain Preserve. Read more in the Morning Call.

PV Proposed Budget Calls For 4.1% Tax Increase

At the last school board meeting business manager Donna Les reported an anticipated 5.44 mill increase in next years budget. For example, a resident paying $3,000 per year in property taxes will see a $123 increase. Calculations indicate the total anticipated budget will be just over $93 million.

The collection rate, or percentage of actual taxes collected for the school district by the county, was reported at only 92.5%, down from nearly 97% when taxes were privately collected by Portnoff in prior years. This equates to over $2 million in uncollected taxes, putting an increased burden on those who are paying taxes.

The proposed budget is available for review at

Pleasant Valley 2009-2010 Budget Presentation Thursday 5/28/09

The proposed budget is available for review at

Spinola Wins Republican Ticket As Hinton Takes High Democrat Vote For PV School Board

Former school director, Jim Spinola outdistanced his opponents on the Republican ticket with 484 votes. Incumbent, Ryan Hinton outpaced all vote getters with 495 Democrat votes. Spinola beat both Murphy and Palmer on both tickets.

ID Theft Info At Chestnuthill Park

The state Attorney General's office is holding a forum on Identity Theft prevention.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Chestnuthill Township Park Building, Rt 715 Brodheadsville

For more info-> Click HERE .

Gigliotti Continues Winning Ways At ESU

PV grad Jeremy Gigliotti looks to extend his 26-inning scoreless streak Friday as ESU takes on Mansfield at home.

So far, Gigliotti has struck out 58 batters in 53 innings. Good luck Jeremy and ESU!
Read-> MORE.

PV Band's Annual Spaghetti Supper

The Pleasant Valley Band Parents bring a taste of Italy to the West End next month! The fundraiser benefits band adjudication competitions, concerts, scholarships, props and meals for band members.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Time: 4pm to 8pm
NEW Location: Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Price: $8/adults, $6/seniors, $5/children (5-12), Free/children 4 & under

Come out and support the band!

I had the pleasure of helping to cook in the past and it was a blast! Here are the Jolly Rheinlaenders leading some students in the Chicken Dance at supper's past.

Volunteers are also needed this year.

setup & cooking: 8:30am-Noon
serving: 3:30pm-6:30pm & 6:00pm to 9:00pm
email: to sign up or for more info

PV's Toledo wins District & Region Titles

Jordan Toledo finished his junior year 33-7 at 125 pounds capturing the District XI and NE Regional wrestling titles before falling out of the medal rounds in the PA State Wrestling Tournament.

Click HERE for the PR summary

Congratulations Jordan on a championship season!

Monroe County Budget

The Monroe County 2009 Proposed Budget is available for review by clicking the above headline (PDF)

PV's Yetter and Novak Continue Winning Ways in College

PV grad Jill Yetter has scored three goals and has four assists as a sophomore midfielder for DeSales University's soccer team.

Jocelyn Novak leads the Lebanon Valley College field hockey team with 25 goals and two assists!

Congratulations ladies, we're PV Proud!

West End Regional Park Draft Plan

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Monday, November 17, 2008

Healthy Habits: When You Know Your Numbers, You're in Control
Pocono Medical Center
Stroud & Brodhead Room, 1st Floor
206 E. Brown St.
East Stroudsburg, PA
More info: PMC Diabetes Event

Support John McCain for President!

In these uncertain times, we need a proven leader who will stablize our economy and protect our 2nd Amendment rights, not a candidate with questionable confidants and lack of experience.

Join Chestnuthillinfo in endorsing the John McCain / Sarah Palin ticket!

October National PT Month

School's Open
Drive Carefully

Heaven Has A New Sax Player

The Pleasant Valley community is suffering a tragic loss in the drowning of 14 year old Mike Robinson at band camp. What a talented young man. It was just a couple of months ago I had the pleasure of chaperoning this young musician and my son's group at the Hershey band adjudication where PV and Mike picked up top honors for the middle school jazz band.

I’ll always remember his ad-lib solos and the infectious energy he gave the band. A young man who had a gift...a talent, and who really enjoyed sharing it with the audience.

He will be sorely missed! My sad, sad condolences to his family.

The Pleasant Valley School District has set up grief counseling at (570)402-1000 x1202

I'd like to share some of my photos of Mike from our Hershey trip and also a short video of one of his signature solos. Click on the links below...

West End Fair Starts August 24th

Come out and enjoy our annual end-of-summer fair! All Gates Open 12:00 Noon Daily Monday - Saturday except Wednesday and Saturday Open 10:00 a.m. Click on the headline-link above to visit the fair website!

PV Football Fundraiser

The Pleasant Valley Bears football team will be having a fundraiser at Kinsleys supermarket on August 14th from 4pm-8pm. The team will be raffling off a carved bear and will have baked goods for sale. Come out and support the team!

For more info...Email to:

PV Students "Diversify"

Pleasant Valley students made a presentation to the school board outlining efforts to foster diversity in our schools.

PV Gets State Grant Funding

Pleasant Valley will receive a grant to expand it's cyber-school programs.

PV's Bumbulsky Wins QB Challenge

Pleasant Valley's Anthony Bumbulsky bested 18 other regional quarterbacks to win the 2nd Annual Top Gun Challenge sponsored by the US Army which will re-air on July 19th at 1PM on Channel WBRE. Bumbulsky will represent the area at the National Top Gun Challenge in Oklahoma on July 25th.

PV Poised For 5.3% Tax Increase

Pleasant Valley school board is scheduled to vote on a 5.3% tax increase for the 2008-2009 budget. Come out June 26th at 8pm to voice your opinion or email the school board at School Board Emails

Smith First Lady of the Year!

Hope Smith, an active volunteer in our community, was honored with The First Lady of the Year Award by the Laureate Zeta Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Congratulations Hope!

PV School Board Meeting Minutes

Don't forget to check out PV's board minutes if you missed a few meetings.

Son's of Italy Blood Drive (.pdf)

Come join us at the Chestnuthill Park Building from 10am to 2pm!

West End Regional Park Star Gazing

9:00PM, Saturday, April 12th West End Regional Park Evergreen Hollow Road, Brodheadsville, PA Meet at Chestnuthill Township Park, Rt 715 North of Rt 209, Brodheadsville, PA @ 8:30PM

Servian Medals at States!

After winning his first two preliminary bouts, PV's 152 pounder, Chris Servian suffered a close loss. Beaten, but not defeated, Chris wrestled back in the consolation rounds winning his last match as a high school wrestler by pin to take 7th place. Congratulations Chris!

Servian Takes First, Gouger 2nd in Regional Wrestling!

Chris Servian avenged his District loss by beating Jimmy Sheptock of Northampton 3-1 in the 152lb championships. Buddy Gouger suffered a last second upset by previous District opponient Mike Wechsler, 160 pounder also of Northampton. The pair will be joined by their teammate Jordon Toledo who also qualified for States at 112 pounds. Good luck Bears!

Symancek Wins State Ski Gold!

Ryan Symancek of Pleasant Valley beat out over 120 other racers to take the Pennsylvania Cup Series in the 19-and-under category.

Gouger Takes First in Districts!

Buddy Gouger, 160lb wrestler for Pleasant Valley, leads four other teammates to the Northeast Region Wrestling Tournament at Freedom next weekend. Other PV wrestlers advancing include: Chris Servian, second at 152; Matt Yanovich, third at 119; Jordan Toledo, fourth at 112 and Jake Chamberlain, fifth at 130. Good luck Bears!

PV Night of Unity 2/21/08

Pleasant Valley School District will be hosting their annual Unity Night Thursday, February 21. An attendee survey is available at the link above.

Now...back under your rock!

Vote NO to Fisher!

Some of you may have seen Russ Fishers’ political signs splattered over my billboard on Rt 715. Please be assured they were not authorized by me and I in no way endorse any of his antics. In fact, a complaint has been filed with the Election Board/DA regarding his illegal use of signs. If you can't run a campaign, how can you run a township?

Under Fishers’ tenure on the Chestnuthill Park Committee the Pocono Record reported a young girl was raped, numerous acts of vandalism occurred due to poor security and $10,000 in taxpayers money was lost due to the pitching cage fiasco. Now he wants another bond issue passed putting our seniors and children in debt for years to come.

And with all the predatory lending, crooked contractors and deceptive realtors in the news lately, do we really want a real-estate agent leading our township?

Vote NO to Fisher.

Jim Spinola Chestnuthill Township

Schools Open!
(please drive carefully)

86th West End Fair

8/26 to 9/1
Come out and enjoy the fair!

Open Space Has Family Ties

PR Blog Debates the issue.
Area readers question possible conflict of interest in proposed $158,000 windfall going from Chestnuthill Township led Chuck Gould to Pleasant Valley School Board member Russ Gould.

$900,000 "honest mistake" Gives PV Taxpayers a Break

"Mixup in business office paperwork lessens tax INCREASE
Additional state funding results in "only" a 1.7% tax increase for Pleasant Valley taxpayers.

Volunteers Needed

West End Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
Route 715 Brodheadsville

Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday of every other month.
Next meeting is Thursday June 14th @ 7 pm at the Fire House.
Must be 16 years old or older.
Please consider volunteering in your community.

If you have any questions, please call Bobbie Snyder @ 570-992-3843

PV Academic Fair

The Pleasant Valley School District will host their annual Academic Fair at the high school, Monday, April 23, 2007 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Come see student projects and performances!

Looks Like 2nd Annual Haunted Theater This Year

Chestnuthill township supervisors cited lack of parental supervision for denying this years Haunted Forest.

Kresge Athlete of the Week at Wilkes

Former PV standout, Tom Kresge ranks 4th in the Freedom Conference averaging over 14 points and almost 7 rebounds per game. 

Local Architect Discusses Environmental Issues with Congressmen

AIA State Director Jim Spinola met with Congressmen Paul Kanjorski, Tim Holden and Charlie Dent last week in Washington to discuss energy efficient buildings and the Clean Water Act

Happy New Year!
(please don't drink & drive)

Local Band Performs For
Pleasant Valley Manor
Pocono Lutheran Village Residents

The Serenader's Big Band performed two Christmas/New Year's Concerts for residents in December.  Along with their 1940's swing repertoire, the band also performed Christmas favorites to the delight of the crowds.
See more info at Serenader's.

Visit this website to send a card of thanks to our troops this holiday season!

PV Students Step Up

Pleasant Valley Intermediate 7th graders take up collection for Country Junction animals.

Election Results

Rendell Retained

Casey Credited

Kanjorski Kept

Browne Back

Siptroth Stays

Carroll Trounces Tatu

Democrat Mike Carroll beat Tatu 4:1 in Luzerne and even took Monroe by 200 votes in what the Pocono Record characterizes as a "landslide".

Unofficial results list Carroll with over 8000 votes in Luzerne and over 4100 in Monroe.  

12,212 to 5,898 as reported in the
Times-Leader and Pocono Record.

Pride In Chestnuthill

The next PIC meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Chestnuthill Township building on Route 715 in Brodheadsville. All residents are welcome to attend.

Combating Hate Crime

"The State of Hate in Pennsylvania... and the Good News" will be presented Wednesday, November 1, 2006 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley High School auditorium on Route 209 in Brodheadsville.


THIS is what our Nation is responding to.

Pictorial slide-show
graphic depictions & audio
viewer discretion advised

Link submitted by Bill Marks
(7-meg file - high-speed connection recommended)

West End Fair!

August 27th to September 2nd.

Local Band Performs in Pen Argyl

The Serenader's Big Band performed at the Weona Park summer concert series this past weekend.  See more info at Serenader's.

Chestnuthill Crime Watch

Meeting brings resident's frustrations to light.

Township supervisor Tatu, said it would take $2.2 million to start up a police department, "which would mean a tax increase and are waiting for a 10 cent in tax relief." (?)

3rd Annual Pocono Commuter Summer Picnic

Where: Mountainview Park, Tannersville
(When: Saturday, July 29th from Noon to 6:00pm

This year we will be raffling off a variety of donated baskets with themes such as Commuting, The Beach, Movies, Dental Needs, and a special Sponsor’s Basket from various Pocono Commuter supporters. Also new this year will be a delicious Bake Sale with a tempting variety of offerings donated by dedicated Pocono Commuter volunteers. And of course, there will be lots of games and activities for children of all ages. In addition to these fundraising activities, Pocono Commuter, Inc. will once again sponsor a food drive. Donations of canned and foil-preserved non-perishables will be collected for distribution to local food banks.

Admission is $1/head, with children 12 and under free.

Click HERE for more info.

Flood Info

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are asking Pennsylvanians who suffered property damage during last week's floods, to contact their local emergency management agencies.

Governor Rendell has requested disaster aid for 34 Pennsylvania counties. If the federal government approves disaster assistance for individuals, eligible Pennsylvanians could receive FEMA funding for temporary housing, home repair, home replacement or permanent housing construction.

Contact for emergency management agencies can be found in local telephone directories, or on the web at or at

Hovey - Teacher of the Year

PV Special Education Teacher Kathleen Hovey was honored as a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.  One of only 4,000 nationwide, Wal-Mart also donate $1,000 to PV in her honor.


State Police Substation

Finally, after years of proposing this, someone has come through!  State Rep Tom Tigue has stepped up to the plate and is providing space in his Rt 209 office for troopers to prepare paperwork. 

Serenaders Big Band Scheduling Concerts

The Serenaders Big Band comprised of local musicians is booking concerts for the 2006 season.

Last years events included the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg and most recently, a New Years Eve celebration at Pleasant Valley Manor in Snydersville.

Seniors Expo

Senator Pat Browne is sponsoring a Seniors Expo featuring representatives from state and national agencies and local businesses catering to seniors needs.

West End Firehouse, 10am to 2pm
Thursday, March 30, 2006

PV Unity Night

Pleasant Valley will be hosting its annual "Night of Unity" showcasing community diversity Thursday, February 23, 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the high school.

Come out and see community and student displays!

PV's Own Kristal Rose Performs At Scavello Party

Crystal Numrod sang patriotic tunes at State Representative Mario Scavello's re-election announcement party 2/16/06.

Spinola Seeks State Rep Seat

Jim Spinola announced last week (1/12/06) he will seek the 118th District State Representative seat from the now retiring Tom Tigue.

State Senator Browne's Office Hours

State Senator Pat Browne will be available at his West End office from 2pm-5pm each first Thursday of the month.  
The office is located at the intersection of Old Rt 115 & Rt 209 across from the Chestnuthill Diner.

Donate to Katrina Victims!

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