Saturday, July 30, 2016

Local News

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Rev. Arthur L. Hahn has announced his retirement as pastor of Dinkey Memorial-St. Paul’s Lutheran Parish, effective Aug. 31. He has served the charge since Oct. 15, 1966.

Pastor Hahn submitted his resignation to the parish council on July 14, then read his resignation to the congregation of Dinkey Memorial Church, Ashfield, on July 19, and St. Paul’s, yesterday.

Mrs. Hahn, who has been the choir director and organist at St. Paul’s, Big Creek, for the past three years, will also give up her duties Aug. 31.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Camp director Joe Forte explains what the camp day will look like to campers. TAYLOR KOCHER/TIMES NEWS

Blue Mountain Resort’s Adventure Camp is hosting a group of Chinese students during the fifth week of the camp, which started on Monday.

The Chinese campers are between the ages of 8 and 14. The Chinese campers will be able to interact with the American campers during different activities.

“The purpose of the camp is to be outdoors, learn leadership and communication schools, and to expose the kids to new things,” said camp director Joe Forte, “We want them to build their self-confidence, make friends and develop an appreciation for the outdoors.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Jeff Borger of Borger’s Farm in Kunkletown examines his crop. Brian W. Myszkowski/TIMES NEWS

The recent heat wave and low precipitation rate have caused some problems for local farmers, and if these conditions continue, crop yields could suffer as a result.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Kerry Schwindenhammer said most of the local region is experiencing less than half of its normal rainfall, with some areas getting less than 3 inches of precipitation since June 1.

“This month has just been really dry,” Schwindenhammer said.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

From 3-7 p.m.Aug. 10, Lehigh Carbon Community College will host an advising session for graduates interested in the technical leadership bachelor’s degree.

The session will be in Science Hall Room 145 at the college’s main campus in Schnecksville.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania offers the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership on the LCCC campus through a partnership between the two institutions. The degree program focuses on career advancement and is designed for working professionals and affordable.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Zimbabwe mission

Pastor Ken Edwards and others of Effort UMC are off to Zimbabwe on a mission trip, called a Trip of Hope. They will be meeting families there the church is supporting.

Directors meeting

The Pocono Old-Tyme Farm Equipment Association’s directors will meet at 7 tonight.

Chestnut Seniors

This Thursday the Chestnut Ridge Senior Citizens will meet at the Kunkletown Fire Hall. Doors open at 9 a.m. but the meeting is at 11 a.m.

The day features a bag lunch and free bingo.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

HARRISBURG — A new audit shows that the state Department of Health is not effectively enforcing nursing home staffing levels, Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog said Tuesday.

The office of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reported that the department lacked policies for how it reviews staffing levels at approximately 700 nursing homes it regulates.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Lions Club

The Nesquehoning Lions Club is meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesdayat Lengyel’s Restaurant in Nesquehoning. All are welcome.

For more information or membership application, call 570-669-9919.

Summit Hill

Septic workshop

Kira Steber, borough secretary, announces that any Summit Hill residents who have on-lot home water or septic systems are invited to a workshop, hosted by the Penn State Extension, on Aug. 29.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Farmer John Lavoie walks through drying strawberry patch in Hollis, New Hampshire. Parts of the Northeast are in the grips of a drought that has led to water restrictions, wrought havoc on gardens and raised concerns among farmers. AP PHOTO/JIM COLE Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — At Lavoie’s Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven’t broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted.

The drought that has taken hold in the Northeast is especially felt at John Lavoie’s farm in Hollis, presenting him with some tough choices. Irrigation ponds are drying up, forcing him to choose between tomatoes and berries or apple and peach trees.

Lavoie decided to hold off watering the fruit trees so he could quench the tomato and berry plants before they succumb to the heat.