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Crews make quick work of 1st-alarm house fire in Greenwich Township

In less than 30 minutes Wednesday evening crews had a Greenwich Township house fire under control, officials said.

Fire crews were called a little before 5 p.m. for a smoke investigation at 101 Washington St. The house sits off of the intersection of Main Street and Washington and Greenwich streets.

The Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Company chief found light smoke at the home, called for the first alarm and a three-man crew forced their way inside.

Crews make quick work of 1st-alarm house fire in Greenwich Township

Fire crews called Sept. 30, 2020, for a house fire at 101 Washington St. in Greenwich Township, had the blaze under control in less than 30 minutes.Rich Maxwell | lehighvalleylive.com contributor

The fire was located on the second floor, and was under control in about 25 minutes, the fire company said in a Facebook post.

Stewartsville was assisted by Harmony, Franklin and Phillipsburg fire departments, and the Warren County Prosecutors Office, Warren County fire marshal and Greenwich Township police were also at the scene.

The fire’s cause and origin is being investigated by the county fire marshal.

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House Republicans work to close gender gap despite Trump headwinds

More than that, though, the GOP — which has long shunned identity politics, at least when it comes to gender — has experienced a real attitude and cultural shift around electing more women to Congress, according to interviews with over a dozen lawmakers, candidates, operatives and aides. Women are stepping up to run, citing their gender as an asset and answering the siren sounded by party leaders — even as President Donald Trump remains divisive among women of both parties.

“The 2018 cycle was a motivating factor,” said retiring Rep. Susan Brooks (Ind.), one of just 13 Republican women in the House and head of recruitment efforts for the party’s campaign arm. “Even though we had been recruiting and helping women candidates, we realized we did need to shift some strategy and do far more.”

And so far, the initiative has paid off: 227 Republican women filed to run for the House this cycle and 94 of them won primaries, shattering past records on both fronts. Previously, the highest number of Republican women to run for the House was 130, while the highest number of GOP women to win primaries was 53, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

“I’m honored and proud to help change the discussion,” said Diana Harshbarger, a pharmacist who is almost certainly joining Congress next year after beating out several male primary opponents in a deep red seat in Tennessee. “Conservative Republican women are alive and well and I hope I can be an inspiration.”

But the big test will come in November, when the House GOP is once again facing tough political headwinds. And with Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans fear that the same suburban revolt that wiped out 10 of the House GOP’s women last cycle — and

Summerville’s Katie’s Krops reflects on over a decade of national community garden work | News

SUMMERVILLE — Not many people can say they were internationally recognized for their service, created a program that spans across the United States or are a published author. 

Summerville native Katie Stagliano did all three by the time she was 21. 

“Age is just a number,” she said. “You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.” 



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Katie Stagliano (left) and her mother, Stacy, remove tree roots from a tiller they were using to break up soil in a garden bed on Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020, at Crossroads Community Church in Summerville. Gavin McIntyre/Staff




Stagliano is the founder of Katie’s Krops, a community garden organization with the goal of combating hunger through donating produce. She is also the organizer of Katie’s Krops Garden-To-Table Dinners, a program in which Stagliano and other volunteers serve fresh meals to local residents.

The organization started in 2008 with a garden in Stagliano’s backyard. It has since grown to more than 100 community gardens across the U.S. and over 38,000 pounds of donated produce. Its flagship garden is in Summerville at Crossroads Community Church. 

The group also reached a milestone in September through serving more than 10,000 meals since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Nobody is making any money off of what we are doing,” said Ryan Herrmann, Katie’s Krops head chef for the past three years. “I love it.” 



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Stagliano has been recognized by Disney Channel, has had documentaries created about her and wrote a children’s book about the beginnings of Katie’s Krops called “Katie’s Cabbage.”

Those closest to her say she is incredibly humble and doesn’t talk much about her accomplishments. 

Stagliano said she’s just still surprised that all of this started with a single cabbage seedling.  

Planting a seed

Thousands of residents have benefited from