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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Pupils show their curiosity as they enter the Parkside Education Center Monday morning for the first day of classes in the Palmerton Area School District.

Solid attendance rate. Check.

Efficient transportation schedule. Check.

Adherance to the new dress code policy. Check.

On the heels of a ferocious weekend storm, Palmerton Area School District was able to function as a well-oiled machine on Monday, the first day of classes.

Superintendent Carol Boyce said she monitored each of the five buildings in the district: S.S. Palmer Elementary, Parkside Education Center, Towamensing Elementary, the junior high and high school.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The several inches of rain dumped on the area this weekend by Hurricane Irene has forced the closure of Beltzville Lake beach and boat launches.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the closures, due to high water levels, late Monday. Swimming and boating are prohibited until further notice.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

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."

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Spruce Street between Center Street and South Railroad Street in Tamaqua will be closed for construction on Thursday, Sept. 1 beginning at 7 a.m. Drivers traveling in the vicinity of the Spruce and Center streets intersection should expect delays and allow for additional travel time. School bus traffic will be rerouted Thursday to avoid the street closure. Individuals traveling to and from the Tamaqua High School and Middle School, Lehigh Carbon Community College and other locations in the South Ward should use Lehigh or Hunter streets.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Local high school students may be offered a course in the correct manner of operating an automobile as well as instruction in the state's traffic laws as a result of action taken at the regular monthly meeting of the Mauch Chunk Board of Education. Discussed at length was the driving course that is made possible by the A.A.A. in cooperation with Chevrolet Company that furnished the specially equipped, dual-controlled cars that are used. A car has already been allotted to this community.