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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hundreds of visitors took part in the No. 9 Mine and Museum's 6th annual Coal Miner's Heritage Festival in Lansford over the weekend.

"This was another very successful festival," said festival chair Dale Freudenberger. "We had over 55 vendors and exhibits."

"This unique, fun and educational event celebrates northeastern Pennsylvania's coal region history, culture, art, crafts, food, and music," added Freudenberger.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

HARRISBURG – It's hot and only getting hotter. With high temperatures expected to continue through the week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminds consumers to conserve energy during days with severe heat and humidity.

Consumers can view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the PUC website. Tips to avoid the summer heat and humidity include:

Ÿ On hot and humid days, set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away for long periods of time;

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Our area's warm, wet weather has benefited many local farms, including Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton. While the farm is prepared to irrigate its youngest, most vulnerable trees, the majority of their trees are spread over more than 200 acres far too much too irrigate. The biggest threat to the more mature trees now will be intense heat and sunlight, which can cause sunburn.

Mother Nature is smiling on area crops this year.

While there is no perfect weather for all crops, the weather this spring and summer has been ideal for many of the foods we associate with summertime.

This trend began in spring, when drier weather allowed farmers to plant crops in a timely manner, said Dwane Miller, the agricultural extension educator of the Penn State Extension office, Schuylkill County.

"Now of course we're seeing quite a bit of wet weather," he said. "For many crops this is good, and for others it poses challenges."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Carbon County Navy Club invites all waterborne veterans to join the Navy Club.

For more information or for an application, contact Bob "Ski" Siesputowski at (570) 645-3643.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Summer fun at the YMCA Opting for indoor activities, Leah Sharer, 10, plays ping pong with her friend Nicole Kordonias, 10, at the Tamaqua YMCA. The YMCA is air conditioned, which provides relief from the current heat wave.

Avoiding the heat, some people are opting to stay inside. Connor Veglia, 17, enjoys the air conditioning of the Tamaqua YMCA while he spends his afternoon working out.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Scott Case, 6, makes a splash as he jumps backwards into the Bungalow pool in Tamaqua.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Weissport Council voted to adopt a parking ordinance on Monday night that allows a school to have designated parking hours for four parking spaces in front of the school.

The school requested that the four spaces be reserved for school traffic between the hours of 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, including summer months.

Council tabled opening bids for roadway seal coat.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Lehighton patrolman Bruce Broyles talks to Kate Scott, of Friends of Pep Border Collie Rescue, while petting "Sweetie". Scott said Sweetie was thrown of a truck and her organization is caring for her until she recovers.

Members from both Carbon County Friends of Animals and the Animal Shelter of Carbon County came together over the weekend to host their third annual Rockin' Rescue event at the Lehighton Park.

The event consisted of over 30 vendors, most related to pets and animal care. In addition, visitors enjoyed free music entertainment from multiple bands. Organizers estimated over 500 visitors, to include some from other states, took part in the event.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania's (BCNEPA) Customer Service Call Center has been recognized by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) for best practices in service improvement.

BCNEPA was recognized for resolving member questions on the first call and reducing the need for additional follow-up calls. From 2012 to 2013, BCNEPA's rate of first-call resolution rose 10 percent. The percentage of "world-class calls" - or calls in which customers said they were "very satisfied" - also rose 10 percent. BCNEPA's service rates meet or exceed all national industry averages.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Nineteen area properties held by the Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau were sold according to a judicial (court order) sale and will now be returned to the tax rolls. Properties were sold to the following:

Watermelon Realty, LLC, Schuylkill Haven, two properties owned by Francis M. Houser, one east of Clamtown Road, West Penn Township, for $5,100.

Watermelon Realty, LLC, Schuyhlkill Haven, property on Clamtown Road, both West Penn Township, $4,000.