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Saturday, February 14, 2015

PPL is reporting 564 customers without electricity in Lehigh Township.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning beginning at midnight and lasting a good portion of the day Sunday.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A quick response by firefighters from Slatington and Walnutport kept flames from spreading and damage to a minimum Saturday night.

The fire was first reported near 7 p.m. at 1325 Pin Oak Lane in Slatington.

Firemen determined the fire to be located in and near the chimney of the single family wood frame dwelling.

Firefighters were on scene for about an hour in the sub freezing temperatures. No injuries were reported.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day may have warmed hearts, but get ready for a deep freeze.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning that high winds and subfreezing temperatures this weekend.

A damaging wind event with west to northwest wind gusts around 60 mph is forecast for portions of the Carbon-Monroe-Lehigh-Northampton area late tonight and Sunday.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) announced nearly $1.7 million in grants for local volunteer and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or repair of firefighting or rescue equipment, construction or renovation costs for facilities, training or debt reduction.

The Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner's Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant administers the program.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Three friends planning a move to Nevada had an abrupt change of plans last Saturday. Instead, they found themselves lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

At 8:15 p.m. that day, Tamaqua Police were dispatched to Race Street and spoke with a man who said he had just been robbed.

The victim said he was walking along the street when a dark Mercury Sable with a driver and several passengers pulled up behind him.

A man got out of the vehicle, causing the victim to increase his walking speed.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of attempted murder and robbery in a shooting that wounded a snake dealer at a suburban Philadelphia shopping center three years ago.

The Delaware County Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1uVVuVP ) reports that 35-year-old Rasheem Dowdy of Allentown was also convicted in Delaware County of aggravated assault, robbery of a motor vehicle and a firearms count.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Department of Human Services, which regulates personal care homes housing more than three people, listed the following violations for Victorian Manor in Lehighton. Owner Jennifer Bachert says the problems were all corrected, but not within the state's times frame.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Patricia Wenrich sits in a recliner in the airy, spacious parlor of Victorian Manor personal care home in Lehighton, laughing as she shows her daughter-in-law a puzzle books she's working on.

But 15 minutes later, Wenrich, who suffers from dementia, sits in the home's kitchen, tears streaming down her face as she tries to understand why she may have to leave the place she calls home.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What are the possible side effects of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine?

Mild problems

Ÿ Fever (up to one person out of six)

Ÿ Mild rash (about one person out of 20)

Ÿ Swelling of glands in the cheeks or neck (about one person out of 75)

If these problems occur, it is usually within seven to 12 days after the shot. They occur less often after the second dose.

Moderate problems

Ÿ Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about one out of 3,000 doses)

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Carrie Shafer

Carrie and Daniel Shafer of Palmerton have decided to not vaccinate their two sons, Daniel, 3, and Joseph, 2, after their older son was born and received the hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital.

"We couldn't understand why, because where would he pick up Hepatitis B from, just being born. We talked about, and decided he didn't need that. It's a blood-borne virus," Carrie Shafer says.

That started the Shafers doing research.