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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer is finally here, and the temperature is rising as the Fourth of July weekend approaches.

To help beat the heat, area pools and lakes are the cool spot to be.

But what may start as a day of fun can quickly turn deadly if children are not properly prepared for the water.

"Drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 4," said Robert Adler, acting Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman. "Most of these incidents happen at home, and all of these tragedies are preventable."

Saturday, June 28, 2014
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After a round of minigolf, brothers Patrick Gledhill, 4, left, and Ruben Gledhill, 6, both of Summit Hill, thoroughly enjoy their ice cream at Heisler's Dairy Bar in Tamaqua. Submit your photos on our photo gallery link at www.tnonline.com.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Herman

Dr. Charles K. Herman, chief medical executive and chairman of surgery at Pocono Medical Center and clinical professor of surgery at The Commonwealth Medical College, was recently recognized as part of the New York Super Doctors 2014. This list ran in the May 18 New York Times as part of The New York Times Magazine to recognize top doctors in New York City. Dr. Herman is one of only a select number of plastic surgeons recognized in the entire New York City area.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

HARRISBURG Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today joined with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter to announce that Dietz & Watson, a Philadelphia-based, fourth generation family-owned food manufacturer, will nearly double its footprint in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, creating 158 new jobs in Pennsylvania and is committed to retaining its current 691 Philadelphia-based employees.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

If you didn't know better, you'd think you'd stumbled upon a gathering for a Grateful Dead reunion tour. But that wasn't the case.

It was a show of camaraderie in the face of death; it was the dark mystery of death defied and overridden by a sea of people wearing bright pink, white, blue, red and yellow tie-dyed T-shirts to honor the passing of Jason "Jay" Michael Hahn.

His favorite band was The Grateful Dead, his favorite song, Ripple.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Nesquehoning man faces charges after police found him asleep in his vehicle, blocking an intersection.

Mahoning Township police observed a Jeep blocking an intersection with its lights out at the Carbon Plaza Mall at 11 p.m. on Feb. 27.

As the officer approached the vehicle he found the driver Troy Refsnider asleep behind the wheel with a burger from Mcdonald's in his hand.

Refsnider was placed under arrest, and he refused a requested blood test.

Police said this week that Refsnider has been charged with driving under the influence and obstructing highways.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Paige Malewski,  Orwigsburg: "Yes, I do. I like Hagar the Horrible. he's a charming character, and he always does what he wants. It's funny because his wife just looks exasperated the whole time."

Do you still read the comics in the newspaper? What's your favorite one?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The designation of Certified Insurance Counselor has been conferred upon Kenneth M. Serfass, agent of Serfass Insurance Agency in Kunkletown, following hs successful completion of an insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certiied Insurance Counselors.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mahoning Township supervisors discussed road damage at their meeting, reviewing a three-page inventory detailing the damage that's come from torrential rains at the time.

Several roads were in need of serious repairs, and flooding was beginning to accumulate, creating difficulties for road crews to keep it under control.

Because of wetlands spilling onto the road, heavy truck traffic had begun accumulating.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Senate bill that would change the way counties have to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for retirees has passed the state Senate Appropriations Committee.

This week, the committee voted unanimously to move the legislation clarifying language in the County Pension Law relative to the calculation of cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. Senate Bill 1078 was introduced by state Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Erie) on Jan. 16. It amends section 30 of the law.