As officials in cities and towns all along the Eastern seaboard continue to assess their losses from Hurricane Irene, many are thankful that at least the loss of life was kept low thanks in great part to the pre-storm warnings and evacuations.
Due to hurricane's size, no state was unaffected
No obvious effects from Irene, demolition derby set tonight
Except for a couple of water puddles, there were no effects from Hurricane Irene which passed through the West End Fair grounds on Sunday.
The fair officially opened Monday – a day late because of Irene – to large crowds.
Tents that were pitched before the arrival of Irene were still standing, unaffected by 50 mile-per-hour winds. All the rides were operating.
"We had a few branches down in the grove, but that was it," said one security guard. "And we cleaned that up right away."
The fair had appeared vulnerable to Irene because of its renowned tree-lined midway.
Unidentified kayakers paddle the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko to take advantage of the 5,000 cfs flow in the wake of Hurricane Irene to paddle the Lehigh River at Glen Onoko.
Several state routes in Monroe County remain closed Tuesday as a result of damage and flooding from Hurricane Irene, which blew into the region over the weekend, bringing heavy rain and high winds.
State police at Frackville are investigating an alleged rape that occurred in Tamaqua.
Troopers said a 24-year-old Tamaqua woman reported she had been raped by a person known to her. The alleged assault occurred between 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, and 1:30 a.m. on Monday, in the 300 block of Cottage Avenue.
Troopers said no other information concerning the incident is being released at this time to protect the victim's identity. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
A 19-year-old Monroe County man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in the 2010 death of an 86-year-old Allentown woman after a two-vehicle collision in Allentown.
On Aug. 26, 2011, Allentown police charged Terrick Bowden, of 1301 Beech Lane, Kunkletown, with causing the death of Evelyn Leibach, who died three weeks after her vehicle was struck by Bowden's vehicle on Basin Street in Allentown.
Q. I'm 74 and I don't seem to be able to endure hot weather the way I used to. Is this a common experience as we age?
Yes. I don't play golf when it's over 90 degrees anymore because it makes me a bit woozy even if I drink a lot of water and seek out shade. My reaction to heat is caused by blood pressure drugs that I take, my age (69), and some extra pounds I'm struggling to lose.
Too much heat can make you sick. All heat-related conditions come under the heading "hyperthermia," which means "high heat."
Following are maladies caused by excessive heat:
State police at Frackville are investigating an attempted burglary at a Schuylkill County business.
Troopers said unknown criminals attempted to break into Kuzmission Service Station located along School House Road, in Oneida, East Union Township. Troopers said the front door was broken but an audible alarm went off and apparently scared off the intruders.
The incident occurred about 11:29 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.
A mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law were both cited following an incident in Schuylkill County.
State police at Frackville said the incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, along Virginia Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township.
Troopers said Susan Schistle, 54, and her daughter-in-law, Jordan Schistle, 22, of Hamburg, engaged in a physical altercation.
Both were issued non-traffic citations for harassment, troopers said.
The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Sept. 12, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment. It will be held in Conference Room D.
Lehighton Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Beacon Diner/Restaurant, Route 443, Lehighton. There is a cost for the meal, which will be served at 6 p.m.
The speaker will be Kyle Kentner of Computer Pals. His topic will feature: Proactive Services geared to Business Owners followed by a question and answer period.
A Jim Thorpe man suffered a fatal heart attack while driving along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard (SR209) in Lehighton on Monday afternoon and crashed into three parked cars. Louis Squillace, 47, of 200 South Ave., was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 3:30 p.m. as Squillace was traveling north when he lost control of his vehicle, swerved to the left, climbed the curb and entered a parking lot. His car struck a parked car in the rear, pushing it into two others.
The Jim Thorpe Area School Improvement Plan was presented at Monday evening's school board meeting. The School Improvement Plan is designed to improve student PSSA scores.
Superintendent Barbara Conway presented the 2010-2011 PSSA Preliminary Results.
To make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) students needed to score 67 percent proficient or advanced in mathematics and 72 percent proficient or advanced in reading. To make AYP schools also need to have 95 percent exam participation, 90 percent attendance, and an 85 percent graduation rate.
Panther Valley students were moved to another school bus this morning after the school bus they were riding had mechanical issues which forced it to be stuck in the middle of Bull Run Street at the intersection of SR-209 in the Seek section of Coaldale. Coaldale Fire Police detoured traffic around the bus until it could be towed.
The Carbon County Department of Solid Waste will conduct an E-cycling event on Sept. 26 and 27 at the Lehighton Borough Garage, located along Penn Street in Lehighton.
They will accept computers, monitors, printers, scanners, mainframes, telecom equipment, circuit boards, fax machines, DVD players, radios and stereo equipment at no charge to the county or residents. Televisions and white goods, such as appliances will not be accepted.
PPL Electric Utilities crews continue to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, working around the clock to restore power to more than 230,000 customers so far.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, about 51,000 customers remain without power across the utility's service area in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
Two daredevil kayakers from the Reading area sought thrills by challenging the deep rapids of the swollen Little Schuylkill River in downtown Tamaqua on Sunday at noon during the height of Hurricane Irene. Emergency management officials might have admonished the pair for taking risks, but the duo told the TIMES NEWS that the roar of the waves was "excellent."
Two Tamaqua men were cited after a confrontation on Aug. 21.
Officers were patrolling in the Center Street area at 3:20 a.m. when they heard sounds of a disturbance to the rear of the Fegley Mini Mart.
They discovered Harry Hahn, 25, of 243 Spruce St., and Dennis Yeater, 23, of 62 Hunter St, having a heated discussion.
Both men claimed to have been struck by the other.
Both were cited for disorderly conduct.
A Carbon County driver is facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) following an incident that occurred about 9:17 p.m. on Aug. 21 along S. Second Street at Bridge Street, in Lehighton.
State police at Lehighton said Donald Long, 35, of Palmerton, was stopped at the above location for a traffic violation. He was found to be under the influence and is facing a DUI count.
August 30, 2002 Ryan Hluschak carries 20 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to help Northern Lehigh register a 35-7 Colonial League win over Saucon Valley. Hluschak opens the scoring with a 40-yard run and put the Bulldogs ahead for good with a two-yard tally. The winners, coached by Jim Tkach, also receive a 23-yard scoring strike from Chris Knappenberger to Aaron Bortz and TD runs from Jason Henritzy and Jack Gill. On defense, Bortz adds a sack and two tackles for losses.
Sometimes the most ordinary things can teach the most useful lessons.
That was one of the strategies shared recently with teachers and staff in the Northern Lehigh School District
Timothy Rasinski, a professor of literary education at Kent State University, gave a presentation as part of an in-service day held in the Northern Lehigh Middle School auditorium.
The program was about "Effective Teaching of Reading", at which time Rasinski focused on "The Important Book", which was originally authored by Margaret Wise Brown in 1949.
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs had little working in their favor on Monday night, as they dropped both seven-inning games of the double-header to Syracuse by a score of 4-0.
In the first game, Scott Mathieson labored through five innings in which he allowed four earned runs on eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.
State police at Fern Ridge are investigating a burglary at the Sun Valley Fire Company in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.
The burglary happened at about 3:20 a.m. Friday.
The burglar smashed a rear window to enter the fire company club on Juniper Road and stole several bottles of liquor.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call state police at (570) 646-2271.
The start of the 2011-2012 school year has been delayed another day for two area school districts as a result of Hurricane Irene.
Pleasant Valley and Northern Lehigh school districts remain closed today due to the aftermath of the storm.
A Monroe County man has been charged with assaulting two teens.
State police at Fern Rige said Juan Jose Rivera Jr., 31, of Jackson Township, was cited for simple assault for allegedly assaulting two teens, a 12-year-old male and a 11-year-old female.
The incident occurred at 6414G Pine Ridge Road, in Jackson Township, about 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 22, troopers said.
WASHINGTON (AP) – America is swiftly becoming a granny state.
Less frail and more involved, today's grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.
The newer grandparents are mainly baby boomers who are still working, with greater disposable income. Now making up 1 in 4 adults, grandparents are growing at twice the rate of the overall population and sticking close to family – if their grandkids aren't already living with them.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Turnpike's Northeastern Extension (I-476) to be prepared for a daytime single-lane pattern and two-way traffic in the Lehigh Tunnel tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 31. The southbound tube will be closed between 8 a.m. -2 p.m. to complete maintenance work cancelled last week due to severe weather conditions.
The Lehigh Tunnel is located at milepost A70-A71 between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74). The work is weather permitting and subject to change.
A Monroe County man was jailed on Saturday following a gun-point incident. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the incident occured in the 200 block of Third Street, Pocono Pines, in Tobyhanna Township.
An incident at a Schuylkill County fire company resulted in an arrest.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said John Ryan Bushar, 31, of Pottsville, was cited for harassment for allegedly punching Patrick Michael Harach, 21, also of Pottsville, in the face.
The incident occurred at the Llewellyn Fire Company, 12 Silverton Rd., Branch Township, about 11:33 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Rally Day rescheduled
Due to the inclement weather, this past Sunday, the Rally Day events at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Avenue, had to be postponed. The celebration will now be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.
The children of the Sunday School will enjoy an all school craft and will receive their World Hunger banks. There are three children of the Sunday School who will be receiving their Bibles. They are Alexis Keiper, Daphnie Morris and Hager Rodgers.
Reunion committee meeting
The 2011 Tamaqua High School Soccer Boosters Youth Soccer Camp was held July 26-29 at the high school field. Members of the boys and girls soccer teams instructed 50 area children on basic skills, conditioning and sportsmanship. In the top photo, youngsters practice their dribbling skills under the watchful eyes of camp instructors. In the photo on the left, Logan Betz of Andreas prepares to take a shot on goal.