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Monday, July 7, 2014

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright will visit Tamaqua Tuesday to hold his third Schuylkill County "Coffee with Your Congressman."

The event is a casual, come-and-go opportunity for constituents to visit directly with the congressman, part of an ongoing series of events under way across the 17th Congressional District throughout the year.

Cartwright will meet local residents from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Vonz Restaurant at the Station, 18 North Railroad St.

Monday, July 7, 2014

HARRISBURG The Department of Public Welfare reminds Pennsylvanians that they must not leave children alone in cars or let them play in vehicles, even for a moment. A few short minutes could be deadly; it is also illegal.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Gypsy moth caterpillars burrow into tree trunks and create pupas, emerging as destructive adults by late July.

Keep a close eye on your trees and shrubbery.

Gypsy moths are making a comeback, and the little caterpillars are bringing along their big appetites.

Carbon County commissioners have voted to submit a letter of intent to participate in the 2015 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Pest Management.

Commissioners Chairman Wayne Nothstein said this is the first time since 2009 that the county has opted into the program.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Drug and alcohol cases made up the bulk of last week's scheduled preliminary hearings before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua.

One defendant had his case heard, two failed to appear and the rest all waived the charges to be heard in Schuylkill County Court.

The no-shows were Karol Franzyshen, 21, of Coal Township, and Eric Brennan, 36, of Hazleton.

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.