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At approximately 8:30am

on July 15th, the Bangor
Police Department responded
to 718 South Main Street, in
Bangor, PA, the office of
Senior District Judge Sherwood Grigg. The initial call
came in from courtroom staff
who were opening the office
for the day. They immediately detected an odor of
gasoline emanating inside the
building. They immediately
called the Northampton
County 911 Center to report
the matter.
When the Bangor Police
Officers arrived and entered
the building, they noticed a
large amount of shattered
glass and a broken window.
Upon further investigation,

officers observed pieces of
material consistent with that
of a homemade explosive
device. The office was evacuated and the appropriate
emergency notifications were
Agents from the Bureau of
Firearms (ATF) and the
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) responded and are

assisting in this investigation.
The device did not detonate
and there were no reported
The device was thrown
window at approximately
2:30am on July 15th.
Anyone with information
about this incident is asked to
contact the Bangor Police
Department at 610-330-2200.

The Blue Mountain Community Library is managing the Wind Gap Middle
School Summer Reading
Program. All students entering grades four through eight
are required to read three
books over the summer, as
well as complete a writing
assignment on a non-fiction
book. This book may be from
the list of books given by the
school or from any book on
the non-fiction shelves in the
library. The books will be
available in the library now
through August 15th. In
order to borrow books,
children must have a library
membership. For those needing to open a membership, an
adult with a valid PA driver’s
license must accompany the
student. Membership is free
to all residents living in the
Pen Argyl School District.
Blue Mountain Community
Library is located at 216
South Robinson Avenue in
Pen Argyl. Hours are

Monday through Saturday,
10am to noon, and Monday
through Thursday, 6pm to
8pm. For more information,
call 610-863-3029 or visit
No Kill Lehigh Valley will
hold a vaccination clinic for
cats and dogs at 1310 Blue
Valley Drive in Pen Argyl
on Sunday, August 2nd
from 11am to 2pm. Rabies
and distemper vaccines for
cats and dogs are $15 each,
Bordetella for dogs is $15.
Micro Chips for cats and
dogs are $25 and nail
clipping is $5. The clinic
benefits No Kill Lehigh
Valley, a 501C3 animal
welfare group dedicated to
keeping animals out of
shelters by helping with
veterinary care needs and the
spay/neuter of cats.
The Pocono Pride Fastpitch will be holding
tryouts for the 2016 Season.
Tryouts will be held, August
1st at Oak St. Field in Mt.
Pocono for 16u-18u at 10am
and for 12u-14u at noon;
August 2nd at Green and

White Field, in Pen Argyl
for 16u-18u at 10am and for
12u-14u at noon; August 8th
at Oak St. Field, in Mt.
Pocono for 16u-18u at 10am,
and 12u-14u at noon; and
August 9th at East Bangor
Park, in Bangor for 12u-18u
at 10am. for more information, visit
St. John’s Cemetery is
seeking donations to help
with the upkeep of the cemetery, roadways and monuments. They are also exploring the idea of adding a Community Columbarium near
the mosoleum. Donations
can be sent to Carol Hummel
c/o St. John’s Cemetery, 136
Messinger Street, Bangor, PA
The Ladies Auxiliary of
the Mt. Bethel Volunteer
Fire Company in Mt.
Bethel is seeking new members and volunteers. If you
are interested and would like
further information, contact
Gail at 570-897-6293 or Kris
at 610-392-7975.
The BAHS Alumni Association is collecting used
musical instruments to be
elementary band program.
The instruments will be used
as loaners for students who
cannot afford them. For more
information, call 610-5885198.
The Slate Belt Heritage
Center Oral History Project is seeking Slate Belt
senior citizens who would
like to be interviewed. If
you know of anyone who has
a story, call Marc Blau at

Blairstown Recreation is
offering Summer Sessions
of Zumba, PiYo and Pilates
for adults and teens to get
fit and stay fit for the
summer. Zumba is open now
through August 6th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
6pm to 7pm at Blair Academy Dance Studio in the
Armstrong Hipkins building.
PiYo is offered on Fridays,
now through August 14th,
from 8:30am to 9:15am at
the Blairstown Free Evangelical Church. Pilates will
be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through August
13th, at the Evangelical Free
Church from 9:15am
10:15am. Registration is
accepted at the recreation
office on Tuesdays and
Thursdays during office
hours or mail-in or drop-off
box, located outside the
municipal building. For more
information, visit blairstown or call 908-3626663, ext. 232.
Wildwood Crest is holding
a fundraiser trip to benefit
“Haven of Hope for Kids”
on September 7th through
11th. The cost includes
Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation; five days, four
nights at the Bal Harbor on
the ocean; Four full breakfasts at the motel, four full
dinners in excellent area
restaurants; group pizza
luncheon; special gala night
with dinner, prizes and dancing; cocktail party with
music around the pool; star

Adult Fiction: Radiant
Angel, Nelson DeMille; The
Dog Who Saved Me, Susan
Wilson; One Mile Under,
Andrew Gross; The Fateful
Lightning, Jeff Shaara; The
Rocks, Peter Nichols; In The
Unlikely Event, Judy Blume;
World Gone By, Dennis
Lehane; Finders Keepers,
Stephen King; The Forgotten
Room, Lincoln Child; 14th
Deadly Sin, James Patterson;
Memory Man, David Baldacci; Inside The O'Briens, Lisa
Genova; The Sound of Glass,
Karen White; The Guest
Cottage, Nancy Thayer;
Deaver; Gathering Prey, John
Sandford; The Enemy Inside,
Steve Martini

Adult Large Print Fiction:
One True Heart, Jodi
Thomas; One Wish, Robyn
Carr; Chasing Sunsets, Karen
Kingsbury; The Cavendon
Women, Barbara Taylor
Bradford; Your Next Breath,
Iris Johansen; Perfect Match,
Fern Michaels; Blue Prints,
Barbara Delinksy; The Truth
According to Us, Annie
Barrows; The President's
Adult Non-fiction: Stepdog,
American Wife, Taya Kyle;
Hidden Girl, Shyima Hall;
The Book of Joan, Melissa
Rivers; A Lucky Life Interrupted, Tom Brokaw

studded show at the Performing Arts Center; and a stop at
Historic Smithville for lunch
on the way home. This fundraiser helps make a sick
child's wish come true to
enjoy a week in the country.
All taxes, baggage and
dinner gratuities included.
For more information and
reservations please call
Gladys at 908-459-9210 or
Polly at 908-276-3850.
Deposit due now and pay in
full by August 1st.
The First Presbyterian
Church of Blairstown
invites all children to Move,
Act, Care, Follow and
Share at G-Force: God’s
Love in Action Vacation
Bible School. VBS will be
held August 3rd through 7th
from 9am until 11:30am at
the Outreach Center, located
at 35 Main Street (next to the
Blairstown Post Office). For
more information, call 908459-9068
Knights of Columbus
Assembly #3125 of Blairstown is holding their
annual flag sale for three
feet by five feet nylon USA
flags with deluxe embroidered stars and sewn stripes.
Donation per flag is $20. Call
908-362-9121 for pickup.
Warren County Community Senior Centers will be
featuring exercise classes,
including Tai Chi and
Zumba Gold, guest speakers and activities. Lunch
will be served Monday
through Friday and transportation is available upon
request. For more information and locations, call 908475-6591.
Deer Valley Sportsmen’s
Association of Blairstown
is looking for land to lease
in the Blairstown, Hardwick, Knowlton, Hope,
Frelinghuysen, Stillwater
or White Twp. areas. All
members belong to the
National Rifle Association
and hunt-alongs are done

before new members are
voted into this association.
Several of the association’s
properties are semi-wild and
licensed by the State of NJ
Division of Fish and Wildlife. They stock phesants,
partridge and sometimes
quail. All leased property is
posted and trespassers are
vigorously prosecuted. If you
own property, either wooded
or fileds with brushy cover,
and would like to speak with
someone about leasing the
property, call Robert at 973948-4001; James at 973875-9266; Timothy at 908637-4408; Brian at 908-3626598; or James Craig at
908-278-5149. The association is a rounded group
including doctors, lawyers,
police, contractors, farmers,
a former director of Fish and
Game, and they are wellknown and respected in the
Blairstown area.
Public Notice: In accordance with the “Adequate
Notice” provision of the
Open Public Meetings Act,
please be advised that the
2015 meeting schedule for
the Warren County Human
Services Advisory Council is
as follows: July 28th,
September 22nd and November 24th (location TBD) at
1:30pm. Meetings will be
held in the Freeholder Meeting Room at the Wayne
Dumont Jr. Adminisration
Building, located at 165 Rt.
519 S. in Belvidere.
Public Notice: In accordance with the “Adequate
Notice” provision of the
Open Public Meetings Act,
please be advised that the
2015 meeting schedule for
LACA/DA is as follows:
August 11th, October 13th
and December 8th at 5pm.
Meetings will be held in
Meeting Room A--located on
the first floor--at Warren
Human Services, located at 1
Shotwell Drive in Belvidere.

Adult Fiction: Bradford,
Barbara Taylor: The Cavendon Women; Cavendon Hall;
Brown, Rita Mae: Tail Gait;
Child, Lincoln: The Forgotten Room; Collins, Jackie:
The Santangelos; Cussler,
Clive: Piranha; Deaver,
Jeffrey: Solitude Creek;
Delinsky, Barbara:blueprints;
Demille, Nelson: Radiant
Angel; Dugan, Polly: The
Sweatheart Deal; Evanovich,
Janet: Wicked Charms;
Frank, Dorothea Benton: All
The Single Ladies; Genova,
Lisa: Inside The O’briens;
Secrets; Harris, Charlaine:
Midnight Crossroad; King,
Stephen: Finders Keepers;
Lindse, Johanna: Wildfire In
His Arms; Patterson, James:

Truth Or Die; Potter, Cheryl:
Secrets Of The Lost Caves;
Silva, Daniel: The English
Spy; Walker, Sarai: Dietland.
Archibald, Elizabeth: Ask
The Past; Brooks, David: The
Lancaster, Jen: I Regret
Junior Nonfiction: Johnson, Jinny: Elephant.
Easy Fiction: Dean, Kim:
Pete The Cats Groovy Guide
To Life.
Audio Books Fiction:
Ness, Patrick: Monsters Of
DVDS: Analyze That; In
Good Company; Like Water
For Chocolate; Meet The

(NAPSI)—Don’t let invisible threats lurking in pools,
water parks and lakes ruin
your summer. Recreational
water illnesses (RWIs), such
as Cryptosporidium (Crypto)
and Giardia, are on the rise
and most prevalent in the
United States during the
prime swimming months,
typically May through October.
Crypto and Giardia are two
frequently occurring parasitic
infections with the most
common symptom being
persistent diarrhea. According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are
approximately 750,000 cases
of Crypto estimated each
year in the U.S., a 300
percent increase in incidence
over the past decade. The
CDC also estimated 1.2
million cases of Giardia
annually in the U.S.
The Problem: Unfortunately, swimming in properly
chlorinated pools does not
necessarily eliminate the risk
of parasitic infections. An
infected person can spread
RWIs at alarming rates
through swimming water,
leaving fellow swimmers
sick with infectious diarrhea
for weeks and sometimes
even developing lasting
According to new research
conducted by Nielsen, there’s
confusion and misinformation about Giardia and
Crypto among parents and
caregivers. Four in 10 think
hand sanitizers can kill the
parasites, which is not true.
More than a third don’t know
how their kid(s) can catch the
parasite. And most caregivers
(74 percent) are unclear on
how long they need to keep
their sick children out of the
water. Fewer than a third
know that the CDC/AAP
infected with Crypto need to
be out of the water for two
weeks after symptoms have
What You Can Do:
• Shower both before entering and after leaving a public
swimming pool.

• Avoid swallowing water.

thoroughly with soap and
water after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
• See a doctor promptly if
you develop symptoms.
medications offer limited support if
you’re infected with these
“Most people don’t appreciate how common recreational
water-borne parasitic infections such as Giardia and
Cryptosporidium can be,
particularly in the summer
months,” said Steven J.
Czinn, M.D., professor and
chairman of the Department
of Pediatrics at the University
of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics
at the University of Maryland
Medical Center. “If you think
your child may be infected,
don’t let him or her suffer in
silence. Contact your pediatrician. There are safe and
treatments for the diarrhea
caused by these parasites.”
What Doctors Can Do:
The good news is doctors
can prescribe an FDAapproved
adults and for children-for
the diarrhea caused by
Crypto and Giardia.
Expert Advice:
“Without treatment, the
symptoms of Crypto and
Giardia infections last two to
three weeks, but proper treatment can reduce the duration
of diarrhea,” said Deborah
Goldman, M.D., assistant
professor of pediatrics at
SUNY Upstate Medical
University and division
director of pediatric gastroenterology at the Golisano
Children’s Hospital. “Those
who suspect that they’ve
been infected should contact
their medical care provider
for treatment. Patients as well
as medical care providers
have a responsibility to treat
parasitic infections properly
to avoid the spread of the
You can find further information at

The Chester Lioness Club
has selected their winners for
the 2015 Lioness Club
Scholarships. The winners
are Valentia Sukhoruchkina
from West Morris Central
High School, and Jenna
Ficula from West Morris
Mendham High School.
Valentina came to this country at a very young age. Her
main goal is to get a good
education so that she can
help her mother. Valentina’s
father passed away when she
was 14 years old, bringing
both financial and emotional
struggles. She is so very
proud that the two are able to
stayand work together.
Valentina maintains the
family budget and is very
interested in becoming an
accountant. As she said in
her essay, she is looking for a
career and not just a job. Her
love of mathematics and
solving problems led her to
take one of the most difficult
subjects offered by the
business department: IB
Business/Management and
Contemporary World Issues.
She has been on the honor
roll and has had several
student of the month awards.
Her teacher states “...her
in-class performance is
investment strategies in
games and analyzing the
times when to take an
educated financial risks.”
Valentina’s goal for the
future is to graduate college
and begin working as an

“I want to be able to ensure
a successful, financially
stable life for my mother and
I, so we do not have to worry
about where our next meal is
coming from. My goal, not
only to prove to myself, but
to as many people as possible
that no matter where you
come from, as long as you
are a hard worker and have at
least some support from
people around you, it is
possible to achieve your
Valentina will be attending
Centennary College in Hackettstown,
Jenna Ficula is a very active
student at West Morris
Mendham. She is president
of the Student Council, vice
president of the Service
Club, Member of the International Club, Peer Leader,
Member of the field hockey
team and marching band, this
is just to name a few.
Jenna is an International
Baccalaureat Full Diploma
Candidate for graduation,
taking a test in six subjects.
There are also outside

research papers. Last year
she was honored with the
National Center for Women
and Information Technology
Aspirations in Computer
Award for Northern New
Jersey. This was is credited
to her participation in an
eight week program at Goldman Sachs, Girls Who
Being a volunteer is nothing
new for Jenna. At West
Morris Mendham she has
been active in student
government, and being a
member of the field hockey
team and marching band. As
a member of the Service
Club she has been a volunteer at the Chester Oktoberfest, the local blood drive,
food drives for foster
children in Morris County,
food drives for Chester Food
Pantry, senior citizen receptions for Mendham residents,
Toys for Tots and Relay for
With her church group she
helped build houses for
impoverished families in
Virginia, volunteered at the
Mendham Township Local
Government in Brookside

each week and helped file
and complete paperwork,
develop the website and
social media accounts and
spoke with local residents
about issues.
In addition to her school
activities, she works at a
local luncheonette to help
finance her education. She
will be attending Marist
College, majoring in Computer Science.
The Chester Lioness Club
offers two scholarships to
students residing in Chester,
Mendham or Washington
Township in Morris County,
NJ. Criteria for selection of
candidates for these scholarships includes academic
record, classroom and extracurricular activities, community activities, individual
interests and hobbies, and
accomplishments in activities that demonstrate leadership and
service. Financial need is
also a consideration. These
scholarships are available
not only to public high
school students, but those
attending private schools or
are home tutored, as well.

East Bangor UMCC Adult
Study: Mondays, 7pm.
Now-August 17th. 136 W.
Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East
Bangor. Based on “The
Political Teachings of Jesus,”
by Tod Lindberg. No class
July 27th. FMI, call 610588-4453 or visit
122nd Annual Big Time
Celebration: July 22nd25th. Religious Procession,
July 26th. Roseto.
Toy Bingo: July 25th,
11am. Hope UCC, 2nd St.,
Wind Gap. FMI, email
call 908-727-0090.
Flea Market & Craft Fair:
25th, 9am-3pm. St. Nicholas
Byzantine Church, Rt. 940 &
Tatamy Historical Society

Car Show: July 26th,
9:30am-2:30pm. Broad St.,
Tatamy. Rain date, September 27th. FMI or to enter, call
610-7596268, 610-258-3832 or email
Blue Mountain Community
Library Board of Directors
Pies in the Park Fundraiser: July 26th, 6pm.
Weona Park, Rt. 512, Pen
Argyl. During the Summer
Sounds Free Concert Series.
Concert will be held rain or
shine. FMI, call 610-8633029 or visit
All You Can Eat Blueberry
Pancake Breakfast: July
26th, 8am-noon. Blooming
Grove Vol. Firehouse, 484
Rt. 739, Lords Valley
(Hawley). FMI, call 570775-7355.
Bangor Park Board Free
Outdoor Movie: June 26th,
dusk. Stuart Little. FMI, call
Debbie Smith at 610-751-

Wesley, E. Bangor & Richmond
Vacation Bible School: July
26th-30th, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Ackermanville UMC 1410
Ackermanville Rd., Bangor.
All ages, 3-103. FMI or to
register, email Meagan at
om or call 610-588-7818.
Prince of Peace Lutheran
Church VBS: July 27th31st, 6:15pm-8pm. 2455
Lake Minsi Dr., Bangor. FMI
or to register, visit www. or call 610588-2355.
2nd Ward Annual Carnival: July 30th-August 1st,
6:30pm-10:30pm. 517 S.
Northampton St., Bangor.
Bingo, games, food & much
Blood Pressure w/ Cecelia:
July 30th, 9am-11am. Slate
Belt Senior Center. Blue
Valley Farm Show Complex,
700 American Bangor Rd.,
Farkle Tournament: July
30th, 12:30pm. Slate Belt
Senior Center. BVFS Complex, 700 American Bangor
Rd., Bangor.
Ice Cream Social: August
Lutheran Church, 703 S.
Delaware Dr., Mt. Bethel.
Food, homemade ice cream,
live music. FMI, call Chrissy
at 610-588-0809.
Sounds: August 2nd, 6pm.
Wind Gap Park. Headliners.
Camp Discovery VBS:
August 3rd-7th, 6pm-8pm.
Grace UMC, 404 Mountain
Ave., Pen Argyl. Ages 3grade 8. FMI, visit www. or call
National Night Out: August
4th, 5:30pm-8pm. The Bee
Hive, Bangor.

req’d. Ages 18 & up.

Delaware-Lehigh Amateur
August 6th, 7:30pm. Bethlehem
Center, 2900 Farmersville
Rd., Bethlehem. FMI, visit or call 610432-8286.

Super Comedy Show w/ Pat
Davison: July 17th, 2pm.
Catherine Dickson Hofman
Library, 4 Lambert Rd.,
Blairstown. FMI, call 908362-8335.

Bazaar: August 7th & 8th,
5pm. Our Lady of Victory R.
C. Church, Tannersville.
Rain or shine.

Walnut Valley UMC BBQ
Chicken Dinner: July 18th,
4:30pm-7pm. 4 Vail Rd,
Columbia. Take out only.
FMI, call 908-362-6516.

Movie Night: August 8th,
dusk. Bangor Park. A Bug's
Life. FMI, contact Debbie
Smith at bangorparkboard or 610-7517692.

Society's Meeting: July
19th, 1pm. Walpack ME
Church, Walpack Center,
Sussex Co. FMI, visit or call

Salem UCC of Moorestown
Peach Festival: August 8th,
3pm-9pm. 2218 Community
Dr., Bath.

West Jersey Soccer Club
Summer Soccer Nights:
Now-August 6th, 6pm7:30pm. NJ Soccer Club
practice field, Broadway.
Free Parenting Workshops: Now-August 12th,
6pm-8pm. 127 Mill St.,
Newton. For families w/
children ages 0-10. FMI, call
Snake-N-Scales & Turtle
Tales: July 15th, 4pm.
Catherine Dickson Hofman
Library, 4 Lambert Rd.,
Blairstown. FMI, call 908362-8335.
Growing Up Wild: July
16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. 350
Marshall St., Phillipsburg.
Ages 3-7. FMI, call 908454-1078.
Adult Jeopardy: July 16th,
7pm. Catherine Dickson
Hofman Library, 4 Lambert
Rd., Blairstown. FMI, call
908-362-8335. Registration

Morning Lit Group: July
20th, 10am. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. FMI,
call 908-362-8335.
The Gravestone Artist:
July 20th, 2:30pm. Catherine
Library, 4 Lambert Rd.,
Blairstown. Create your own
foil impression using a
gravestone cast. Ages 11-16.
Registration req’d. FMI, call
Super Hero Capes Workshop: July 21st, 2pm. Catherine
Library, 4 Lambert Rd.,
Blairstown. Ages 5-8. Registration req’d. FMI, call 908362-8335.
Leadfoot’s Reading &
Magic Adventure: July
22nd, 4pm. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. FMI,
call 908-362-8335.
North Warren Democratic
Club Meeting: July 22nd,
7pm. Catherine Dickson
Hofman Library. Lambert
Rd., Blairstown. FMI, call
Fred at 908-362-6808 or
Phillipsburg Area Summer

Youth Theatre Presents
42nd Street: July 23rd25th, 7:30pm & July 26th,
2pm. Phillipsburg HS auditorium. FMI, visit
Monarch Migration: July
24th, 10am. Catherine Dickson Hofman Library, 4 Lambert Rd., Blairstown. Ages
6-12. Registration req’d.
FMI, call 908-362-8335.
United Methodist Women’s
Group of 1st UMC, Blairstown Yard Sale: July 24th
& 25th, 9am-5pm. 109 Mt.
Hermon Rd., Blairstown
Fundraiser supports the
women’s various ministries.
Movie Night: July 24th,
Dusk. Knowlton Tunnel
Field. Hook.
Harvest Home Dinner &
Country Auction: July
25th, 4pm. Yellow Frame
Presbyterian Church, Rt. 94
& Yellow Frame Rd.,
Fredon. FMI, call 973-3836553.
Free Barn Concert: July
25th, 6pm. Rain or shine.
Homestead, Knowlton. Open
air seating. Bohemian String
Quartet. FMI, visit ramsays
Alzheimer’s Care free
Family Caregiver Workshop: July 25th, 9am-noon.
127 Belvidere Ave., Washington. Reserve your seat by
calling 908-835-1400 or
A Helping Wing Pet Bird
Adoption at Belvidere
Farmers' Market: July
26th. FMI, call 908-4753330.
Lapsit Storytime & SingAlong: July 27th, 10am.
Catherine Dickson Hofman
Library, 4 Lambert Rd.,
Blairstown. Ages 1-3. FMI,
call 908-362-8335.
Bubble Trouble: July 28th,
4pm. Catherine Dickson
Hofman Library, 4 Lambert
Rd., Blairstown.
Ridge and Valley Charter
School Information Night:
August 6th, 7 pm. 1234 Rt.
94, Blairstown, NJ.
Warren County Library, 2
Shotwell Dr., Belvidere.
Brave. Rated PG. FMI, call

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
recently lifted the drought
watch declaration for 37
counties throughout Pennsylvania, based on recommendations from the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force. No
counties remain on drought
“We have seen an increase
in rainfall in many parts of
the state that has restored
groundwater levels and
streamflow,” DEP Secretary
John Quigley said. “While
conditions have improved, I
would encourage all Pennsylvanians to continue to
consider their water use and
The drought watch was
issued on March 24 for
Berks, Bradford, Cambria,
Carbon, Clinton, Columbia,
Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming,
McKean, Mercer, Monroe,

Montour, Northumberland,
Pike, Potter, Schuylkill,
Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne,
Westmoreland, and Wyoming counties. It was
expanded on June 17th for
Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lehigh, Mifflin,
and Northampton counties.
The drought watch was
declared because of belowaverage precipitation in the
fall, winter and spring
months which led to lower
than normal groundwater
levels. However, precipitation during the month of June
was above average and a
review of county monitoring
gauges shows that the 30-day
average stream flows and
groundwater levels have
risen to normal or above
normal conditions across the
The Pennsylvania Drought
Task Force uses reports and

forecasts from the National
Weather Service and U.S.
Geological Survey, as well as
analysis from DEP’s drought
monitoring program, to make
its recommendations on
issuing and lifting declarations. The task force, led by
DEP, will continue to monitor conditions across the
A drought watch declaration
is the first and least-severe
level of the state’s three
drought classifications. It
calls for a voluntary five
percent reduction in nonessential water use and puts
large water consumers on
notice to begin planning for
the possibility of reduced
water supplies.
Water conservation tips and
additional drought information are available by clicking
here or visiting DEP’s
website at www.dep.state.,

a hazardous waste site by
default. The DEA has taken
action to decrease meth
production by limiting the
sale of some over-the-counter
drugs that are used to make
So next time the pharmacist
asks for ID when you try to

purchase a common cold
medication, recognize this as
an effort to curtail meth
Need more information?
Visit a Clean Slate, located at
100 South First Street in
Bangor, PA, or call 610-4529348.

By Jennifer Lively

According to the DEA,
methamphetamine is the
most widely abused and most
produced synthetic drug in
the United States. In simpler
terms, meth can be made
almost anywhere by anyone.
The prospect of being
arrested or dying are often
not a deterrent for drug use,
and specifically methamphetamine.
Depending on the process
used to make the meth there
can be any number of negative consequences. One
process requires two dangerous chemicals, the other
requires four. If mixed incorrectly they can explode.
Most meth manufacturers
have very little science
education and as layman, put
themselves, their families
and the neighborhood at risk
of explosion, fire and death.
A meth lab can be considered

There is a lot of talk
recently about the skills gap:
the lack of new workers to
fill the positions left by those
going into retirement, with
students pursuing four-year
programs and large companies unable to fill positions
with skilled workers.
I myself do not see the
American worker as being
solely responsible for these
unfulfilled positions. Some
of the problem lies with the
need for an instant profit,
leaving little or no time for
on-the-job training. Business
owners are searching for that
elusive “perfect candidate”
who will know the job on day
Who can blame them, with
so much invested in an
employee from the very start,
such as healthcare, taxes,
liability and unemployment
insurances. Workers need to
start making the company
money right away.
leaves little if any time to
nurture, develop and train
workers in the skills they
Here at State of the Arc we
call it developmental time:
the hours that the client is

unaware of or billed for as
we develop the necessary
tools and operational plan for
a job, which I then in turn
train my employees to
untold hours there would be
no company.
I like the idea of having
schemes in place, with
employer and employee both
compensated by an external
program. A more open line of
communication between the
schools and big business’
would help train and place
workers in the right jobs.
I have seen a huge swell of
interest in the industrial arts,
in particular welding with the
rise in social media such as
YouTube. A community has
formed from all over the
world that is easily able to
share their passion and pride
in their skills and workmanship. This embracing of new
technologies to push our field
forward is attracting a
younger crowd and I believe
will help people leaving
school see that technical
college is an exciting and
profitable option for them.

Mike Baird - State of the Arc
Welding and Fabricating LLC

Pennsylvania deer hunters
who want to better their
chances of obtaining an
antlerless license will want to
send in applications during
the first round of sales, which
kicked off July 13th.
During the first three weeks
applications are accepted,
only Pennsylvania residents
may apply. Nonresidents
Monday, July 27th. On
residents and nonresidents
alike may apply for any
unsold licenses that remain.
The second round of unsold
license sales is set to begin on
Monday, August 17th.
before the Monday start of
any round will be returned to
Applications for DMA 2
Antlerless Deer Permits,
which are valid during any
open deer season, but only in
Disease Management Area 2,
also are now on sale.
Compared to the previous
license year, 33,000 fewer
antlerless licenses have been
allocated statewide this year,
wildlifemanagement units (WMUs)
have fewer licenses available. That means submitting
a timely application is as
important as ever for hunters,
said Game Commission
Matthew Hough.
“In wildlife-management
units where the allocation is
relatively small, it never
takes long for licenses to sell
out,” Hough said. “And
while we’ve held steady the

number of licenses to be
allocated in some WMUs,
and increased it in a handful
of others, the fact remains
there are fewer licenses
available this year, and hunters who want to be sure they
get one would be wise not to
Hunters applying for 201516 antlerless deer licenses
will follow the same process
that has been in place during
recent years. License fees
also remain unchanged.
Antlerless deer license
applications must be mailed
treasurer’s office, with the
exception of the Philadelphia
and Lehigh county treasurer
offices, which no longer
issue antlerless deer licenses.
Treasurers across the state
will accept applications for
antlerless licenses covering
any WMU, but hunters
should note that only county
treasurers issue tags. The
Pennsylvania Game Commission does not accept
A list of participating
treasurers and their mailing
addresses appear on Page 36
of the 2015-16 Pennsylvania
Hunting & Trapping Digest,
which hunters can pick up
from a licensing agent.
The digest also is available
to view online at the Game
Commission’s website at
One antlerless license application comes attached to
your general hunting license,
and can be torn off, filled out
and mailed in. A second
application appears with the

harvest report cards inserted
into the digest. Additional
applications can be found at
the Game Commission’s
website and printed.
mailed in the official pink
envelope issued to hunters at
the time they purchase their
general hunting licenses.
Hunters who are PA
residents need to submit with
each application a check or
money order to cover the
$6.70 license fee. The license
fee for nonresidents is
$26.70. If an application is
rejected due to licenses being
sold out, the uncashed check
or money order will be
returned to the hunter by
Hunters may apply for only
one antlerless license in the
initial round. If licenses
remain for a hunter’s chosen
WMU, he or she may apply
for a second license on
August 3rd and a third on
August 17th. Except in
WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, hunters may purchase no more
than three antlerless licenses.
In WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D,
there’s no cap on the number
of antlerless licenses that can
be purchased and hunters
may submit three applications per mailing beginning
licenses for WMUs 2B, 5C
and 5D also are sold over the
counter beginning August
24th, providing the allocation
has not been exhausted.
Hunters are allowed during
each round to select their top
three WMU preferences. If
antlerless licenses are sold

out for the WMU that is the
hunter’s top choice, for
example, a license for the
second choice will be issued
if available.
Applications from up to
three separate hunters may be
submitted in the same envelope. If the WMU preferences for all applications
mailed in the same envelope
are exactly the same,
payment may be made with a
single check or money order.
If the applicants have different
payment by separate checks
or money orders is strongly
recommended. That way, a
check won’t end up written
for the wrong amount if
licenses in one WMU sell out
before the application is
Applying early during the
first round of sales helps to
ensure hunters will get their
antlerless licenses by the start
of archery season. Archery
season begins September
19th in WMUs 2B, 5C and
5D. Statewide, the season
begins October 3rd.
Over-the-counter sales for
WMUs begin October 5th.
Hunters may apply over the
counter to county treasurers
for any other WMU with
antlerless licenses remaining.
A listing of antlerless
licenses allocated by WMU,
as well as the remaining
allocation, can be viewed on
the game comission website
at, by clicking
“Doe License Update” in the
“Quick Clicks” box on the

Ciao Amici,
Everyone knows of the fine
athletic teams and players
Roseto produced. It would be
a great oversight if we omitted from the history of Roseto
the mention of the once
renowned Roseto Coronet
Band. The band was organized in 1895 in the home of
Giusseppe Policelli. One of
the original members was
related to my Grandmom
Teodora; his name was
Grandmom would tell me

Fred Vario - trumpet, Lefty
DeFrank, Dave Mollo and
Teddy De Milio - percussion.
It was hard for anyone in
Roseto to not have someone
who was in the band, my
brother Phil played in it also.
Now there is a band that
plays at the fest, but it is not
the same as your own towns
band with their familiar faces
and the sound was incredible; we never realized how
good they were until it was
too late.
“Una cosa buona musica,
quando ti colpisce, non senti
dolore.” - “One good thing
about music, when it hits you,

how most of the Delgrosso’s
in Roseto Valfortore, Italy
were blacksmiths and musicans. They learned to keep
the beat by sound of the hammering the steel: “pinga
pinga ping.” Professor Philip
(Turlone) Carrescia was the
first conductor. The band
won acclaim not only in the
Slate Belt, but also in large

cities as well. Maestros
Nichola D Italia and Arturo
Ungaro conducted the band
for many years.
The Jubilee Band was
directed by Al Nittle and
later, Louis Angelini was the
director. I remember as a
child sitting on the curb
during the Big Time and

waiting for the band to go by.
The band was another way
the Rosetans showcased their
town heritage; it was part of
our Italian culture.
Everything the people of
Roseto did was done with
integrity. Some members I
recall were Joe Ledonne tuba, Al Ronca - frenchhorn,
Ziggy, Anthony Ruggiero,

you feel no pain.” -Bob
“Growing up in the Butcher
Shop,” is available at the shop
or on our web page. To receive
menu specials and our newsletter, join our mailing list at
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your email. Send your Roseto
stories, recipes and comments
to portipasto@epix. net or call
610-588-6991. J DeFranco
and Daughters is located at
2173 W. Bangor Rd. in
Bangor, PA. Store hours are
7am to 7pm, seven days a
week, with catering available
anytime or by appointment.

By Dr. Lori LaCivita

(NAPSI)—In today’s workplace, organizations consist
of employees spanning four
generations. The U.S. has
millennials—people ages 18
to 34—and this year they are
projected to surpass baby
boomers and become the
single largest segment of the

The Blair Women’s Club is
pleased to announce the 2015
recipients of ther annual
scholarships. This year’s
scholarships were awarded to
Kellie Smigel and Matthew
Lubanski, both recent graduates of North Warren
Regional High School in
Blairstown, NJ. They each
recieved a $1,500 scholarship
to be used to defray tuition
Kellie Smigel will be
Scranton as a nursing major.
Part of the nursing program
requirements is to complete
20 hours of community
service each semester. Upon
graduation from the nursing
program, Kellie hopes to
specialize in, and work with
Matthew Lubanski will be
attending Stevens Institute of

according to the Pew
Research Center.
As savvy employers know,
each generation prefers
different leadership styles
and has distinct attitudes,
behaviors, habits and motivations that drive them.
These differences can
trigger issues in the work-

Technology as a Computer
Service Science Major. He
will be participating in their
co-op program, which will

place, which can include
miscommunication, conflict,
lack of ability to build strong,
cohesive, effective teams,
and loss of work productivity. This can result in lack of
job satisfaction, burnout and
high employee turnover.
Fortunately, organizational
leaders and managers are
realizing the importance that

allow him to have multiple
full-time internships with
different companies throughout his five years at Stevens.

emotional intelligence (EI)
plays in many workplace
situations as a predictor of
EI is a measure of
someone’s ability to understand his or her own emotions and their effects, as
well as those of other people.
It also helps people read the
current in the environment
and it provides tools to help
the generations more effec-

The Blair Women’s Club
holds several fundraisers
each year in order to support
the scholarship fund. They
also assist with other community projects like helping
local schools in purchasing
library books, local food
pantries, Wounded Warrior
Fund, Camp Merry Heart,
HOBY and project graduation.
The club meets on the third
Tuesday of each month in the
Catherine Dickson Hofman
Library at 12:30pm. Each
month there is a special guest
speaker and refreshments are
served. The club welcomes
all women and encourages
them to attend the meetings
to join. For more information
on the Blair Woman’s Club
and their scholarship fund,
call Bobbi at 908-362-8918.

tively address and engage
with each other.
Employees who have social
skills, are self-aware, can
self-regulate, motivate and
empathize can work well
with others and be effective
in leading change and resolving conflict. That could be
why more than one-third of
hiring managers surveyed
say they are placing greater
emphasis on EI when hiring
and promoting employees.
To help employeesregardless of their agereach their full potential by
assessing and building on
their EI, more and more,
human resource executives
hire or contract with indus-

trial and organizational (I-O)
psychologists. Essentially at
the intersection of business
psychologists apply research
that is improving the wellbeing and productivity of
people. A critical element of
an I-O psychologist’s work is
enhancing and developing
EI, which, unlike IQ, can be
cultivated and expanded. To
learn more visit www.

• Dr. LaCivita is an I-O
psychologist, Walden University faculty member and an
expert on assessing emotional
intelligence. I-O psychology is
the science behind human
behavior and motivation in the

(NAPSI)—Here’s a bright
idea for keeping skin healthy
and youthful looking: Protect
it from the sun. According to
the Skin Cancer Foundation,
more than 90 percent of
visible changes commonly
attributed to skin aging are
caused by the sun.
That’s one reason you
should wear sun protection
every day, no matter the
season, the weather or the
activity. Fortunately, Kiehl’s
Since 1851 offers three new
ways you can protect yourself, no matter the occasion.
First, for every day protection, there’s Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Super
Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen
SPF 50+. Its UVA and UVB
filters work together to
paraben-free with a silky,
matte, non-whitening finish
that’s an excellent base under
When you’ll be out for long
or the sun’s very strong,
there’s Kiehl’s Activated Sun
Protector Sunscreen Broad
Spectrum SPF 30 WaterLight Lotion For Face &
Body. It’s dermatologist
tested and safe for all skin
types, plus its unique formula

transforms to a waterlike,
weightless texture on skin.
Because it’s more water
resistant, it’s a good choice
for a day at the beach, the
game or on the slopes.
For every day eye protection, there’s Kiehl’s new
Clearly Corrective Dark
Circle Perfector with SPF 30.
Experts say sun damage
contributes to dark circles
under the eyes, a concern for
54 percent of women in the
U.S., and this can help
prevent and correct UV
damage. It instantly brightens, reduces discoloration
and protects against future
In addition to being available at Kiehl’s freestanding
stores and select specialty
retailers, these products are at and 1800-KIEHLS-2.

Family Resource Services
(CFRS) is offering free NJ
Family Child Care PreService Registration training.
This is an exciting opportunity to start a home-based
small business by providing
quality child care to Sussex
County area families. The
training is being held at the
CFRS office located at 186
Halsey Road, Suite 1,
Newton, on Monday, August
10th and Monday, August
17th from 1pm to 4pm, and
on Wednesday, August 12th
from 1pm to 3pm. Atten-

dance at all three sessions is
necessary to complete the
registration process.
For more information and
to register, please contact
Maureen, Family Child Care
Specialist, at 973-383-3461.
NORWESCAP is a nonprofit community action
agency established in 1965
that creates opportunities for
over 30,000 low-income
people in northwest NJ by
providing a large portfolio of
self-sufficiency and emergency services. The mission
of NORWESCAP is “Creating Opportunities. Changing

(NAPSI)—According to the
26th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, a whopping
80 percent of American grill
owners feel that grilling is an
important activity when
entertaining guests in their
home, with more than onethird saying it is extremely
important (34 percent). With
barbecues in full swing, it’s a
good time to brush up on the
essential do’s and don’ts of
grilling to ensure that your
next trip to the grill is safe,
tasty and fun.
Grill On...But First Read
These Safety Tips:
• Do clean your grill regularly to ensure it is working
in top condition. For the
step-by-step process to clean
your gas and/or charcoal
• Don’t place the grill close
to any combustible material.
The outside of a grill can
radiate a lot of heat, and
accidental ignition could
result if placed too close to
wood, paper or other flammable material.
• Don’t grill in an enclosed
space like a garage—this can
trap dangerous carbon monoxide.

• Don’t use lighter fluid:
Weber recommends using
paraffin starter cubes to light
charcoal. “Lighter fluid is a
petroleum-based product that
can impart a nasty flavor into
your food,” says Weber’s
cookbook author Jamie
Purviance. In addition, if the
lighter fluid is not completely
burned off the coals, toxins
can penetrate the food.
• Do inspect your grill brush
regularly for worn bristles
and replace brushes at least
once a year depending on
how often you grill. To

safety-test your grill brush to
see if it needs to be replaced,
Weber suggests pulling on
the bristles with a pair of
pressure. If any bristles pull
loose, discard and replace
your brush. In addition,
inspect your grill grates for
any loose bristles each time
you grill.
• Do light your gas grill with
the lid open!
• Do “turn off” your grill.
Place the lid on a charcoal
grill and close all vents when
you are done grilling. Turn a

gas grill off at the burners and
the source.
• Don’t use water to extinguish a charcoal grill—it will
damage the porcelain-enamel
• Do not use gasoline,
alcohol or other highly volatile fluids to ignite charcoal.
• Do grill on a flat, stable
• Do know where your fire
extinguisher is and have it
handy in case of a mishap.
For more grilling information, tips and recipes, visit

people masquerading as
medical alert system providers have targeted seniors with
high-pressure telemarketing
scams. But in good news, one
company, Bay Alarm Medical, believes it has a responsibility to help seniors
safeguard themselves from
bullying tactics. The Bay
Alarm Medical Code of
standards for uncompromisingly ethical and transparent
business practices. In addition, the company offers
these 10 tips for seniors:
DO NOT provide personal
information over the phone.
Under no circumstance
should you divulge bank
names, credit card numbers,
birth dates or Social Security

DO NOT tolerate bullying,
coercion or intimidation
A legitimate medical alert
system provider will never
pressure you, limit time to
respond, use threats or coercion to get you to make a
DO NOT believe that products or services are “free.”
Scammers may say you’ve
won a free gift or product in
order to solicit personal information or insist you pay a fee,
shipping and handling to
redeem a prize.
DO NOT press any buttons
if you receive an automated
or recorded “robocall.”
If you hear a recording when
you answer the phone, you
have received a “robocall”

Inside the Jaws of Agnes is
an accurate, detailed account
about what really happened
after Hurricane Agnes devastated Elmira, New York and
nearby towns in June, 1972.
Local newspapers praised
HUD for handling the
cleanup operation quickly,
responsibly and successfully,
but this was a lie. The stupidity, waste and bungling
setting up trailers for the
flood victims was beyond
belief, worse than what befell
the unfortunate following the
Katrina disaster.
Higher-ups stupidly hired a
hillbilly as Chief of Ground
Operations because of his
maintenance success at the
recent Rapid City disaster.
Slow-witted, non-verbal and
lacking leadership qualities,
he kept hiring an enormous
number of inexperienced men
he couldn’t organize. Awaiting orders that never came
after signing in at the office
trailer, they simply stood
about, joking and sipping
coffee. Bored, many soon
left to play poker and drink
beer in the few trailers that

had arrived. Others departed
to play golf or attend to
personal affairs. Wearing
HUD tags, many began
charging tools from a local
hardware that HUD had
provided, taking home chainsaws, power tools, and much
more at taxpayers’ expense.
Though a handful of dedicated workers eventually
managed to activate the few
trailers, no one ordered tools,
and for weeks they used their
own or borrowed them from
contractors and even from
flood victims.
The Chief hired his eighteen
year old girlfriend as his
A shrew, she
treated contractors and truckers contemptuously and often
hung up on victims begging
to be moved into trailers long
overdue. Packed like cattle in
churches, schools, and the
Armory, some had already
committed suicide.
The book’s first edition sells
for $13 and the second, $26,
purchase please send check
to: Inside the Jaws of Agnes,
Box 242, Milford, PA 18337.

and should hang up. Even if
instructed, do not press
buttons to speak to a live
operator or have your number
removed from lists, as that
could trigger future robocalls.
DO not entertain unsolicited
sales or cold calls.
If you don’t want to speak to
an unsolicited telemarketer,
just hang up the phone.
Legitimate medical alert
providers will never cold call
DO register your phone
number with the National Do
Not Call Registry.
The National Do Not Call
Registry gives you a choice
about whether to receive
telemarketing calls, and once
your number has been on the
registry for 31 days, you
should not receive any.
Register your home or mobile
DO request information
about the salesperson and
If you are being bullied or
pressured by a telemarketer,
request their name, business
name, contact information

and business license, and tell
them you will call if interested. If they refuse to give
you information, it is likely a
DO research and verify the
With a simple online search,
information about known
scams can be found. The
Better Business Bureau
( and the state
Attorney General’s office can
provide further insights.
DO seek counsel from
friends and family.
If you are genuinely interested in a telemarketer’s
product or service and they
are legitimate, request they
call you at a time and date
you prefer. This gives you
time to discuss the information with your friends and
family to aid your decision.
DO file a complaint or
report the call to authorities if
you’ve been scammed.
If you think you are a victim
of a telemarketing scam,
report the incident through
the FTC consumer hot line at
877-FTC-HELP (877-3824357), the Better Business
Bureau at 703-276-0100 or

(NAPSI)—Having a relaxing summer getaway can, to
some extent, be defined by
how well you prepare your
home before you leave town.
To make sure your vacation
isn’t dampened by emergencies at home, prioritize these
six quick fixes that can easily
save you money, energy and
hassle to help ensure you
come back to the same comfortable, clean house that you
1. Reach out to a friend:
Before you depart, leave a
key with someone you trust
so he or she can check up on
your house, water your plants
or bring in the mail while
you’re gone. If no one is
available, put your mail on
hold at the post office and
temporarily stop subscriptions so material doesn’t pile
up on the porch, proclaiming
your absence.
2. Seamlessly save on
utilities: The average American household spends about
$2,500 on energy a year, yet
approximately 30 percent of
it is wasted, according to the
experts at the International
Association of Certified
Home Inspectors. When your
family is out of the house for
a few days, there’s no reason
to keep your air conditioner
running at full speed. For
every degree a thermostat is
raised, homeowners save 2 to
3 percent on their electricity
bill. Many smart thermostats
even have the capability to

detect when you’re away and
adjust your home’s temperature accordingly. No matter
the thermostat brand or
manufacturer, the LG Dry
Contact will communicate
with your LG duct-free air
conditioning system, so you
can control simple thermostat
functions to further increase
energy savings.
3. Refresh your fridge: If
you’ll be gone for more than
a few days, seize this opportunity to clean out your
refrigerator. New, smart
refrigerators allow you to set
them in “vacation mode” to

reduce energy consumption
while you’re away. You’ll
save on energy and come
back to a nice clean fridge,
ready for all that produce you
bought at the farm stand on
the way home. About a week
before leaving for vacation,
stop going on major grocery
shopping trips; just purchase
the essentials, such as milk
and bread. Ask yourself,
“Will I really eat this before
the trip and will this still be
good once we get back?”
4. Vanquish the electricity
vampires: Many electronic
devices draw power even

The Pocono Garden Club
will host their annual
summer picnic on Tuesday,
August 11th at noon. The
picnic will be held at Moun-

tain View Park in Tannersville, PA.
Club members and their
guests are requested to bring
a covered dish for all to

after they’re turned off.
ENERGY STAR–certified
TVs and monitors have very
low standby modes, so
they’re okay. Still, the average American household has
dozens of these energy vampires. Unplugging mobile
phone chargers and other
devices before you go can
save as much as 10 percent of
your household energy use.
5. Secure your home against
intruders: According to
statistics from the FBI, 61
percent of burglars use force
to gain entry into a home.
Before you leave, make sure
all window and door locks
are working properly, and
notify your security company
that you’ll be away. Remove
any spare house keys you
may have hidden around your
property as well, so as not to
risk entry by a stranger.
6. Setting up a cool re-entry:
Adjust your air conditioning
to the ideal temperature
before you get home using
your smartphone with a
connected device such as the
LG Smart AC Module and
app, which lets you control
your LG duct-free air conditioner remotely. The app,
which is compatible with
both Android and iOS mobile
devices, lets you adjust
temperature, fan speed and
airflow for cool, optimal
comfort upon your return.
For further facts and tips, go

share, along with their own
place setting. The club
hostesses for the month will
provide beverages.
Anyone who is interested in
learning about plants and
gardening are welcome. For
more information on this
event, or the Pocono Garden
Club, please call 570-9776131.

Hello, fellow readers!
They say one out of every
three bites of food depends
on a pollinator. According to
the Pollinator Partnership,
the largest non-profit organization in the world dedicated
to the protection of pollinators, the U.S. has lost over 50
percent of its managed
honeybee colonies in the past
10 years.
It’s gotten national attention
since the President declared
an Executive Strategy to
“Promote the Health of
Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” His memorandum on
the subject sates “there has
been a significant loss of
pollinators, including honey
bees, native bees, birds, bats,
and butterflies, from the environment.”
The problem is serious and
requires immediate attention.
“There’s 14 federal agencies
on the taskforce with an
objective to identify and
hopefully remedy ‘different
stressors’ leading to species
declines and colony collapse
disorder, including exposure
to pesticides, poor nutrition,
parasites and other pests,
toxins, loss of habitat and
pathogens, and unsustainable

It’s big and critically important that each of us do our
part. Plant a pollinatorfriendly garden using a
sequence of blooming annuals, perennials and shrubs so
nectar and pollen are available throughout the growing
season. Also, include plants
like dill, fennel and milkweed
that butterfly larvae feed on.
Lay off the chemicals, even
organic ones, as they too can
be toxic to bees and other
beneficial organisms. All
things considered though, an
organic approach is safer and
more effective.
Add special feeders to help
attract hummingbirds and
butterflies and provide shelter
by letting a hedgerow or part
of your lawn grow wild.
Allow a dead tree stand to
create nooks for butterflies
and solitary bees.
One of the offshoots of the
President’s initiative is the
National Pollinator Garden
Network (NPGN); a collaboration of national, regional
and local gardening clubs to
help restore pollinator populations.
While it’s good news our
government is on task to help
our pollinators, it seems
there’s an elephant in the
room - Imidacloprid, the most
widely used insecticide in the
Wikpedia, research suggests
that widespread agricultural
use of imidacloprid may be
contributing to honey bee
colony collapse disorder.
restricted its use. Sadly it
seems we choose to keep our
head in the sand. How can it
Garden Dilemmas?

vegetables and flowers at
home can be rewarding and
fun for the whole family.
Whether you’re a seasoned
green thumb or a novice,
sowing seeds directly into
beds or containers is an easy
way to create a bountiful
garden, and many can be
sown throughout the summer
for harvesting into the fall.
“Everything you need to
know can usually be found
on the seed packet,” says
Chelsey Fields, a horticulturalist at W. Atlee Burpee &
Co. “From what temperature
it’s safe to sow the seeds
outdoors, to whether they
need light to germinate, you
won’t have to guess how
long they’ll take to start
sprouting, or how deeply the
seeds should be sown.”
Depending on the length of
a region’s growing season,
good vegetable choices
zucchini, and root crops such
as carrots, beets and radishes.
Greens such as leaf lettuce,
spinach, Swiss chard, and
arugula are easy to grow
outdoors from seed and
mature quickly in any region
Want a “ready-to-snip”
salad? Make meal prep fun
for children and encourage
them to eat what they have
grown by planting a carpet of
greens. “Just mix three to
five types of seeds, toss into
prepared soil, and use
scissors to harvest the freshest, tastiest leaves you need
for each meal,” says Fields.
“Heatwave” Lettuce Blend is
ideal since the mix is already
prepared, and will grow back
at least a second time for a
repeat harvest. Radishes take
just three to four weeks from
seed to mature to eating size;
most herbs are ready 60 days
from sowing. A full salad
and delicious herb dressing
in two months’ time!
Direct-sown vegetables will
take a week or two to germinate, depending on the

weather. “Sow seeds in
straight rows to make it
easier to identify weeds,”
advises Fields. “To determine the likely harvest date,
check for ‘days to maturity’
on the seed packet. Directsown plants will require
water; full sun (six to eight
hours a day); rich, welldrained soil mixed with
organic matter such as compost; appropriate amounts of
nutrients, from compost and,
if needed, fertilizer,” she
No garden is complete
without colorful flowers.
Encourage bees and butterflies to visit by sowing
flower seeds directly into
borders and containers on
decks, patios and other small
spaces. Numerous annual
flowers can be direct sown
from seed, and pollinators

will enjoy visiting sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias and
lupines, among others.
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To all the people who
donated hours of their own
time and put in so much
hard work for the Fourth of
July activities to take place,
are truly appreciated. Thank
you to all of you who made
this day enjoyable!
We have just spent a wonderful month in New Jersey
with our daughter and her
family. Blairstown, NJ is
now our second home and we
have been made to feel
welcome by those who live
here, that we have been lucky
enough to meet.
This weekend was the icing
on the cake, spending the 4th
of July in Blairstown. We
give credit to those who

worked so hard to give so
many such pleasures. The
duck race was such a success
and the rotary should feel
proud at the money they
raised for charity. There was a
slight hiccup when the ducks
did not go where “expected,”
but that added more fun to the
The donations raised for the
fireworks enabled those
responsible to put on a fantastic display, which was
preceded by the church music
group who played a wide
range of enjoyable music.
All in all it was a day that we
will remember with much
happiness and we look
forward to visiting the kind
people of Blairstown again
next year.
Maureen and Geoff Woolley
(from Cheshire U.K.)

(NAPSI)-About half of all
used cars purchased in a year
are bought during the few
summer months.
To stay on the road to safety
and savings, there are a few
facts you need to know first
when it comes to buying a
used car.
• Paperwork. Have the
seller provide as much documentation
including registration and
title documents, service
receipts and proof of insurance.
• Odometer rollbacks. Digital odometers can be easier
to tamper with, and the
tampering harder to detect.

Make sure the wear and tear
on the inside and outside of
the car matches what the
mileage reading says.
• Flood damage. More than
half of the cars damaged by
floods get cleaned up and
returned to the road.

dealers posing as private
sellers sell lots of cars either
on the side of the road or
through classified ads. Many
of the cars have hidden problems and the seller typically
disappears after the sale.
• Open recalls. Estimates
are that 30 percent of all
recalled cars go unfixed.
Check for open recalls at and
get more details about a
at Franchise
dealers will fix open recalls
at no cost.
• Certified Pre-Owned
(CPO). Perhaps the best
value for many used-car
shoppers, certified cars are
the closest thing to new cars
at used-car prices. Most
such as those from Honda,
GM and Toyota, include a
rigorous mechanical inspection and a free Carfax
Vehicle History Report with
every CPO vehicle.
• Cars sold online. Sites

such as and let you expand
your search area and compare vehicles to find the best
deal. Use discretion when
buying from online classifieds and auction sites.
• Inspection. An inspection
by a mechanic or body shop
and a Carfax Report is your
best one-two punch to find
the right used car and avoid
costly hidden problems.
Shop at reputable dealerships and say, "Show me the
When buying a used car, it's
wise to have it inspected first
by a mechanic or body shop
you trust.