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Monday, August 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

A 2006 Jeep Liberty operated by Tracy Stahler, 40, of Palmerton, was involved in a car accident at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday near Palmerton Hospital. The jeep was traveling westbound on Lafayette Avenue when it collided with a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Scott Williamson, 56, of Palmerton. Stahler stated she was blinded by the sun and never stopped, causing the accident. Stahler was believed to have been transferred by Palmerton Community Ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Like most young adults, their high school and college activities helped pave the way for their future. For Riley McCall, that is the case, at least temporarily, as her involvement in scholastic and collegiate programs reinforced her wish to someday join the Peace Corps.

"I always enjoyed volunteering, getting out and doing something. That's my nature," said the daughter of Pat and Ginny McCall of Lake Hauto.

Monday, August 29, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

A tree lies on utility wires along Route 209 in Lansford, near Panther Valley High School. The tree was felled by winds from tropical storm Irene.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Time News Hurricane Irene turned this Hometown yard located on Cumberland Avenue into a small pond.
Monday, August 29, 2011
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:First day of school First graders line up in front of Mahoning Valley Elementary School after getting off the first bus to arrive at the school this morning. Most schools in the area operated on a normal schedule today, but four schools, including Marian Catholic High School, Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley school districts, and St. John Neumann School in Palmerton were closed as a result of storm damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Irene.

Students in four schools in the TIMES NEWS coverage area got an extra day of summer vacation thanks to Hurricane Irene.

According to school websites and WNEP.com, Marian Catholic High School and Northern Lehigh and Pleasant Valley school districts; as well as St. John Neumann School in Palmerton were closed because of the storm, which brought gusty winds and heavy rain to the region. Northwestern Lehigh High School operated on a two-hour delay.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Larry Neff/Special to the Times news The waters of a raging Aquashicola Creek left one street and many back yards along Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton under water.

Hurricane Irene stormed through our region late Saturday and into Sunday, unleashing pounding rain and whipping winds. Lehigh and Monroe counties were stomped, while Irene's skirts brushed Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Police attribute three deaths on Sunday morning in our area to the storm. Jason Dahm of Hellertown apparently lost control of his vehicle on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, tumbling down an embankment and striking a utility pole.

Monday, August 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NES

PennDOT was out in force yesterday clearing trees, branches and other windborn debris from state roads. Pictured are PennDOT employees removing a fallen tree from SR443 near Clamtown.