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Monday, July 7, 2014

Carbon County small businesses looking for help can find it through a low-interest loan program.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to move the administration of the Small Business Loan Program to the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the program has been in existence since 1984, when the county received $35,000 from the state Department of Community Affairs for a program that would help small businesses expand and create new positions.

At the time, Carbon County chipped in $10,000 to the funding.

Monday, July 7, 2014

There will be a meeting of the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Creek Grange in Lehighton.

This is for livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1, 2014.

4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gypsy moths can be destructive to trees and shrubs, so learning how to identify the problem is key.

Ÿ Gypsy moth life cycles include egg, larvae (caterpillar), pupa and adult. The caterpillar stage causes the most damage by feeding on leaves of trees and shrubs.

Ÿ Gypsy moth caterpillars are all black with tufts of hair and gradually change to develop five double rows of blue spots and six double rows of red.

Monday, July 7, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Grayce Berk, 11, of Kutztown, left; Kacy Steber, 8, of Summit Hill, center; and Emilee Berk, 10, of Kutztown, take a break from playing during the second annual Fireworks at The Ginder in Summit Hill on Saturday.

The night skies over Summit Hill were alive in a rainbow of color Saturday during the second annual Fireworks at The Ginder.

Dozens of families attended the informal event at the Philip Ginder Stadium.

The evening started at 7 p.m., with DJ Scott Carnish playing music, while children played and enjoyed the outdoors.

Kevin Steber, organizer of Fireworks at The Ginder, explained the event was made possible through a joint effort between the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, his wife Kira, 18 business sponsors and the residents of the borough.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A survey in Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties was conducted to gather opinions regarding smoking in public places.

The survey was given by Melissa Rehrig, MPH candidate at East Stroudsburg University.

Results showed that 80 percent of those responding would support a law that regulates exposure to secondhand smoke in indoor public places. Seventy-seven percent support no smoking in workplaces; 73 percent support no smoking in restaurants; and 63 percent support no smoking in bars.

Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Richard T. Dermo died when fire broke out at this house at 33 S. Maple Ave. in CassTownship.

A Schuylkill County man died in a fire early Sunday.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the body of Richard T. Dermo, 65, of 33 S. Maple Ave., in Cass Township, was found inside his home.

According to troopers, fire companies were dispatched at 2:41 a.m. to a working structure fire at 33-35 S. Maple Ave. with entrapment. When firemen arrived on scene, they were met with heavy flames coming from 33 S. Maple Ave. Firefighters were unable to make entry to Dermo's home due to the heavy fire.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Bob FORD/TIMES NEWS

Fireworks dwarf St. Joseph's Church on the east side of Jim Thorpe Saturday evening, as viewed from the Liberty section of the borough. For Summit Hill's celebration and other scenes, see Page 13.

Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Franklin Township firefighters rescued a passenger who fell down an embankment after getting off a tour bus on the turnpike.

A passenger of a disabled tour bus had to be rescued Sunday morning after falling down a steep embankment.

The incident began just after 8 a.m. when the bus had mechanical difficulties in the northbound lanes of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the 80.6 mile marker.

Some of the passengers left the bus, and one of them fell down a steep embankment.

Franklin Township firefighters used steep terrain rescue gear to bring the victim back to the roadway.

Lehighton paramedics treated the victim at the scene.

Monday, July 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One man was injured Saturday afternoon when he failed to negotiate a curve near Tuscarora Park. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. when a man driving a pickup was traveling west on Tuscarora Park Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. His truck crossed the roadway striking an earth embankment and rolling onto its side. The victim was treated by members of the Tamaqua ambulance. No other details were available Monday morning.

Monday, July 7, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Fireworks illuminated the steep of St. Joseph's Church in Jim Thorpe Saturday night.