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Friday, September 5, 2014
In this photo taken on Aug. 22, 2014, tomatoes ripen in the organic garden beds of the Bloomington Fire Department in Bloomington, Ind. Firefighters tend to the gardens each day as part of their routine duties and eat the produce they harvest. (AP Photo, Bloomington Herald-Times, Matthew Hatcher)

The most frequent question at the Master Gardener green line on Tuesday mornings is "What's wrong with my plant?" The simple answer is the weather.

We are experiencing the right weather conditions this year for severe infections of rusts, mildews and blights.

The most worrying disease at the moment is the late blight of tomatoes and potatoes. As of early last month, the disease had already been confirmed in 15 counties across Pennsylvania.

Late blight epidemics often start in home gardens where fungicides are less apt to be used.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Penn State Extension in Carbon County is accepting applications for the 2015 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share experience and knowledge with others.

Weekly Tuesday classes will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 14 through March 17 at various locations and the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Jim Thorpe High School Class 1965 will meet for lunch at Platz's in Lehighton, at noon on Thursday.

Call 570-778-6678 for information.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Autumn is less than a month away and DEP would like to remind citizens about important precautions to take as they are closing their pools and filling their home heating oil tanks.

Pool wastewater, if not disposed of properly, can contaminate local waterways, while poorly maintained home heating oil tanks can leak.

When chlorinated water is drained from a swimming pool into a storm sewer, it can quickly make its way to a stream or other body of water, where aquatic life can be damaged or killed.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation is planning a fall workshop for science and nature educators.

Susan Gallagher, a Carbon County naturalist, will be one of the workshop's presenters.

"Making the Dead Come Alive" is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg.

This unique workshop offers instruction on the proper preparation and care of natural history collections. Participants will learn how to maintain taxidermy mounts, birds' nests, eggs, bones, pickled (wet) specimens, and more.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A pageant, Little Miss, Little Mr. Summit and Junior Miss, Junior Mr. Summit, will be held at Fall Fest, hosted by The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Oct. 4 in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

Contestants may preregister from now until Sept. 19.

Fall Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The pageant will begin at 10 a.m.

Two age categories will be represented: birth to 4 years old and 5-10 years old.

The pageant will be held under a tent; attire is casual.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area High School Class of 2004 will hold its 10-year class reunion on Sept. 13 at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem.

Welcome is at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing.

Contact Amber or Alyssa at for more information.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1943 held a 71-year anniversary reunion recently at La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua. Class members in attendance included, front, from left, Jean Taylor Derr, Alice Grigitas Watman, Pauline Pruett Fenstermacher and June Mantz Williams; back, Evelyn Keich Bass, Pearl Billman Leiby, Teresa Calabrese Dunkelberger, Harry Fetterman, Marlin Reinhart, Dr. Paul Lewis and Ruth Gerber Blaschak.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bach and Handel Chorale will hold open rehearsals and auditions on Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., in Jim Thorpe, on the second floor in the rear.

Prospective members are invited to attend a rehearsal and complete a short audition. All voice ranges are welcome to audition. There is a special need for basses.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The time to make your reservations for the fourth One-Room Elementary School Reunion in Franklin Township has been extended.

The reunion will be held Sept. 27 at the Franklin Township Fire Company.

Anyone who attended any of the following elementary schools is invited to attend the reunion: Long Run, Walcksville, Big Creek, Indian Hill, Harrity and Wagner schools. If you are planning to attend, please mail in your reservations.

Call or email with any questions to or call Althea at 610-377-3498, Patty at 610-751-0439 or Florence at 570-325-3118.