There will be a change in garbage collection for Franklin Township customers for the Veterans Day holiday. Monday, Nov. 12 collection date has been changed to Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The sound of chainsaws filled the air Tuesday as people cleaned up fallen trees, and PPL crews worked nonstop to fix downed power lines in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Sandy.
While the hybrid storm didn't bring as much rainfall as feared, high winds wrought havoc in our area. Area schools remain closed due to lack of power.
As of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 285,966 PPL customers remained without power in 29 counties. That included 9,655 in Carbon County, 33,715 in Monroe and 9,065 in Schuylkill.
This fallen tree spanning SR209 in Jim Thorpe stopped traffic between the borough bridge and the downtown area following the passage of superstorm Hurricane Sandy.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is reminding homeowners how to properly dispose of and process debris left behind from Hurricane Sandy.
"If homeowners encounter debris from the hurricane in or near creeks and streams, it can be removed without obtaining one of our Water Obstruction and Encroachment permits," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "The hurricane affected us all in some way, and DEP is helping homeowners and businesses assure a safe and effective cleanup by offering guidance."
October 31, 1972
A Lehighton woman was the winner of a trip to Europe during a promotional contest held by People's First Bank and Trust Company. Mrs. William Rhoads, Stedman Avenue, was the grand prize winner of a trip to Paris. She had a choice of Paris, London, or Rome, but selected Paris because she has a girlfriend there with whom she has been corresponding for six years. The contest was in line with the opening of a new drive-in portion on the Hazelton Branch of People's First.
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Although he canceled his election campaigning due to Hurricane Sandy, President Obama and the White House staff made sure the press pool reporters and photographers were there to chronicle his every word in acting presidential on Tuesday.
"I told the mayors and governors if they're getting no for an answer somewhere in the federal government, they can call me personally at the White House," Obama said.
The Pleasant Valley Leo Club's annual Halloween Costume Drive was a success, with over 300 costumes donated. The individuals who came out expressed their extreme gratitude toward the generosity of the members of the school district and the surrounding community.
Children who arrived at the PVHS's Community Night without costumes were quickly fitted with one of their choice. All those that remained were utilized by the PVHS Clubs in order to make the local children's experiences a bit more whimsical.
Trunk or Treat
Sandy scared the pants off Monroe County residents. But the day after, people were breathing a sigh of relief that her bark was worse than her bite.
Not to say they didn't feel her presence. Trees down, power lines down and 44,609 PPL customers and 18,342 Met-Ed customers without power is nothing to sneeze at.
The West End of Monroe County saw its share of Sandy's forceful winds.
A Schuylkill County woman has been cited for passing a bad check.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Valerie A. Underkoffler, 46, of Pottsville, passed the check at BG's Market, located in Norwegian Township, on July 6 about 6:28 p.m.
She was given numerous chances to make good on the check but did not, troopers said, and was then cited.
PPL is telling people to stay clear of downed power lines throughout our area. Pictured Tuesday evening is a downed power line on Church Street in Rush Township.
Adult Day Care
The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors.
The center has a variety of activities planned for November, including celebrating Thanksgiving on Nov. 14.
DeSean Jackson feels Michael Vick's pain. The way Jackson spoke Tuesday on NFL AM, the edgy NFL Network show, you get the feeling a change at quarterback would temporarily put Vick out of his misery. Jackson also covertly indicted the offensive line and the coaching staff on an Eagles team that's lost three straight games and is 3-4 with a road date Monday against the New Orleans Saints.
Parryville Council has rescheduled Trick or Treat night in the borough. Instead of it taking place tonight, it will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Despite high predictions, many area streams and rivers haven't reached flood levels. Pictured is a creek near Orchard Road and Pine Creek Drive in Rush Township.
The majority of Rush Township won't be restored until later today, while parts of West Penn aren't expecting power for a few days. If you are livingwithout power and want a safe, warm place to be, go to the Rush Township Municipal Building, located at 104 Mahanoy Avenue in Hometown. The building is open to anyone wanting
Pictured is a fallen tree along SR54 (Pine Creek Drive) in Barnesville. SR54 was closed again this morning as PPL crews replaced down power lines.
This tree at the Veterans Memorial Playground in McAdoo was split down the center during the storm. Borough workers have taped off the area until they can safely remove the tree.
PennDOT closed many roads throughout our area during storm cleanup and repairs. Pictured is a crew on Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.
Marine Corps Pvt. Coty A. Ginter, son of Shelly Navarre of Palmerton and Michael W. Phillips of Palmerton earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
Nesquehoning Police handed out Halloween safety bags to students in kindergarten through second grades at the Panther Valley Elementary School. The bags were made possible through donations by Atty. Michael Greek and the Kovatch Corporation. Seen are officers Tim Wuttke, and Chad McGowan. In the back is Chief Sean Smith who said that 500 bags were distributed to the school. The program is part of the DARE program and is in its fifth year at the school. Safety coloring books and bracelets were in the bag. Standing in line with her students is Chris Diekman, kindergarten teacher.
Two Pottsville drivers are facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in separate incidents.
State police at Schuylkill Haven said Robert Ellis, 21, was stopped along Maple Avenue at Westwood Road, in Norwegian Township, about 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, for an equipment problem and an expired registration.
Ellis showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He was then taken to the Schuylkill Medical Center-S. Jackson St., Pottsville, for a blood test. Charges will be filed, troopers added.
After five years away from Lehighton Area School District, a familiar face will soon return to serve as an administrator of the special education program.
Lehighton Area School Board approved the recommendation to hire Sean LeDonne as supervisor of special services. She had previously served the school district for 13 years as a teacher and assistant supervisor of special services.
The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Nov. 3. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.
Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. They also need grocery size brown paper bags. The shiny inserts are acceptable.
Hurricane Sandy may have played a trick, but Lansford, Nesquehoning, Tamaqua and Coaldale are keeping Halloween treat night on schedule for 6-8 p.m. tonight. Summit Hill has rescheduled trick or treat to next Wednesday evening.
Sandy hit with hurricane force and cut power to more than 8.2 million across the East. The cost of the damage caused by the storm is estimated to be around $20 billion. Pictured is a fallen tree on top of a swimming pool of a home located on Haddock Street in Kline Township.
PennDOT crews have been working non-stop since the start of the storm. Pictured working in the rain are PennDOT workers clearing debris from Ben Titus Road in Rush Township.
Blue Ridge Communications is asking the public to share in adding some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Soldiers and its Stockings for Soldiers program, by sending food and hygiene items and Christmas cards to our men and women spending Christmas away from home.
The Stockings for Soldiers program is 100 percent funded by public donations.
Donations can be dropped off at any Blue Ridge Communications office before Nov. 14.
A motorist who apparently avoided traffic cones attempts to go around a large tree that fell across Lentz Trail in Summit Hill, across from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center as a result of the high winds that pounded the region on Monday night. As of noon on Tuesday, the tree remained blocking traffic as well as a downed cable delivery line across the road just east of the intersection of Route 902 and Lentz Trail.