Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Patrons packed the fairways Monday for the opening of the 16th annual Carbon County Fair located at the fairgrounds along Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

The fair began with the opening ceremony, with Judy Borger, fair board member, serving as master of ceremonies.

A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of four benches in memory of supporters.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Firefighters are on the scene this morning of a house fire on Route 209 in Coaldale. Check back for details.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HARRISBURG. (AP) — Governor Tom Wolf has ordered flags at Pennsylvania's Capitol in Harrisburg and at all commonwealth facilities to fly at half-staff in honor of former U.S. Senator Richard Schweiker.

Schweiker, who was vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served as Secretary of Health and Human Services, died Friday. He was 89.

Wolf said Schweiker "served Pennsylvania with distinction and grace" in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate as well as in his position as head of the federal department.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom after an employee was hospitalized at the Allentown theme park in July.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports (http://bit.ly/1KOekT8 ) the department's online inspection detail says the case was opened July 22 and focuses on health-related issues.

OSHA spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Fortson says the investigation is ongoing and declined commenting on the nature of the probe or why the employee needed to be hospitalized.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) and Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) to be prepared for mobile operations along the shoulder today through 6 p.m.

Motorists traveling in both directions on I-476 should stay alert for daytime or nighttime mobile operations at various locations between Mid-County (Exit #20) and Clarks Summit (Exit #131). The work is associated with a Turnpike contract to erect the signs the entire length of the Northeastern Extension through November.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

With estimates for a water-source heat pump system coming in much higher than expected, Lehighton Area School District is prepared to go back to step one in preparing its heating, ventilation and air conditioning plans at its middle and high schools.

Board member Larry Stern made a motion, which was approved 5-4, during a workshop session Monday night to get estimates from other vendors who could provide guaranteed energy savings via an Energy Service Company, or ESCO, project.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Penn Forest is looking to delegate more responsibility to the recreation board

Rick Tweed serves as an alternate on the Penn Forest recreation committee. Monday night he addressed the board of supervisors.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A group of media outlets on Monday appealed to the state Supreme Court a Dec. 3, 2014, Commonwealth Court ruling that allows PPL and the state Public Utilities Commission to keep secret the commission's documents on the power company's handling of a 2011 Poconos snowstorm that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power for days.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Coaldale Fire Chief Steven Polischak looks on at the burned-out shell of two vacant homes along Route 209 in Coaldale that burned early this morning. The homes, located at 40-42 W. Water St., were fully involved when fire crews arrived. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Dozens of firefighters from Carbon and Schuylkill counties battled a stubborn blaze for nearly two hours early this morning along a main road in Coaldale.

The fire at 40-42 W. Water St., Route 209, broke out just before 4 a.m. in half of the duplex.

"We encountered heavy fire upon arrival," Coaldale Fire Chief Steven Polischak said this morning.

"We made an attack and found the fire to be well involved in 42 so we backed out and went defensive and knocked out the fire.

"The fire was very far in front of us," he said. "It had a running start."

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lehigh County, in cooperation with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, and the USDA Forest Service are developing efforts to control gypsy moth caterpillars.

A public meeting concerning gypsy moth control will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Germansville Fire Company.

DCNR staff will be present to explain the program.

All interested property owners are encouraged to attend this meeting. Applications for the "Spring 2016 Control Program" will be available.