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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Republican Party chairman says Gov. Tom Corbett won't sign budget legislation without trying to force action on legislation to overhaul Pennsylvania's two major public pension systems.

Rob Gleason said Wednesday that he spoke face-to-face with the Republican governor for an hour and he's convinced Corbett's "not going to just sit there and do nothing."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closed the beach at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County to swimming effective today, because of high bacterial counts in water samples from June 30.

As a precaution, the beach will remain closed until acceptable water sample results are received. DCNR has posted signs at the beach.

Other activities at Beltzville State Park, such as picnicking, fishing, boating and hiking, are proceeding as usual.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The temperature was 85 degrees and climbing in Tamaqua on Tuesday at 1 p.m. as July announced the start of summer in a big way.

The mugginess made the air feel even warmer and there wasn't a pedestrian in sight.

Still, the current heat wave won't challenge the hottest Pennsylvania temperature ever recorded, 111 degrees in Phoenixville on July 10, 1936, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The air is heavy.

The sun's rays, relentless.

And the mercury is probably bubbling inside the thermometer.

But for many workers, a day's pay depends on a full day's work outdoors in the sun, no matter the conditions.

"I don't think about it," said Steve Matalavage of Dutch Hill Construction in Tamaqua. He and his sweat-soaked crew installed a sidewalk along Washington Street on Tuesday, and the conditions were unpleasant.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracks deaths and injuries caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning is a major cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S. Lightning strikes can result in cardiac arrest at the time of the injury, although some victims may appear to have a delayed death a few days later if they are resuscitated, but have suffered irreversible brain damage.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township Police are investigating a two-vehicle crashthat occurred at the intersection of Spring Hill and Jamestown roadsat 11:25 a.m. June 22. Jacqueline Heydt of Nesquehoning wasdriving south on Spring Hill Road in a Scion, when she crossedover the center of the road, striking a northbound Ford F-150 drivenby Steven Mekilo of Mahoning Township. Both drivers were belted, and multiple airbags deployed. Heydt suffered a minor injury and declined medical transport from the scene.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summit Hill: July 5 at Philip Ginder Stadium; July 20 at St. Gabriel's Festival at St. Joseph's Church

Jim Thorpe: 10 p.m. on July 5 at Memorial Park on East 10th Street

West End Fair: 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 in the Main Arena on Fairgrounds Road

Brodheadsville: 10 p.m. on July 11 at the West End Volunteer Fire Company Carnival on Route 715

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Katie Wargo/Special to the Times News

St. Gabriel's Italian American Club President Kevin Collevechio,back row, third from left, presented Summit Hill Historical Society President Jim Szczecina, back row, fourth from left, a check for $1,500 which are the proceeds from a spaghetti dinner the club held to benefit the Ludlow Park project. Participants who worked at the dinner are pictured. Front row, from left: SHHS members MaxineVermillion, Michele Toniatti, St. Gabe's Ladies Auxiliary VicePresident Rita Bennyhoff, St. Gabe's Ladies Auxiliary Angela McGlinchey, SHHS member Charles Toniatti.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Recent proposed changes to the Eastern Schuylkill Joint Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances have been met with criticism from Tamaqua's Planning Commission.

In a letter dated July 1, the planning commission requested that Tamaqua Borough Council reject the changes that were proposed at last month's meeting. Council voted to support the changes at that time.

"The Planning Commission continues to have serious issues with the inequity and conflict in applying the provisions of the ordinances to the Borough of Tamaqua," the letter stated.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

At 8:20 p.m. on June 22, Mahoning Township police investigated a motorcycle crash on Route 902.

A motorcycle traveling southbound and downhill on Mill Road near Leininger Drive at excessive speed when the driver, Stephen Hoffman of Lehighton, lost control. Hoffman was thrown from the bike and struck a tree. He was wearing a full helmet at the time of the crash. The helmet was badly scraped and the visor had broken off in the impact.

Hoffman was flownto St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, for treatment of major injuries, police said.