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Monday, October 31, 2011

Many communities are still without power today as traditional fall foliage and Halloween festivities were replaced over the weekend with a record snowfall measuring more than 13 inches in some local areas.

The heavy, wet snow that fell all day Saturday weighed down trees and branches throughout Pennsylvania, causing widespread damage and power outages, as well as disrupting communication and cable service. More than 300,000 PPL customers were left without power.

The storm struck the area 54 days before the official beginning of winter.

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Firefighters and fire police volunteers were kept busy all weekend responding to weather related incidents. Pictured during heavy snow are Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers controlling traffic at a powerless traffic light in Tamaqua.

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Snow play was shortened Sunday as warmer temperatures melted much of the white stuff that fell on Saturday. Pictured making their own snow ramp as they ride a tobaggan down a hill at the Tamaqua High School field are Dean Peck, 13, of Lake Hauto, and Cotton Robbins, 14, of Jim Thorpe.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who has served since 2002, is facing a 10-year retention vote.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Project Vote Smart notes: "He has authored several opinions in poetic verse, which has drawn praise in some legal circles and criticism in others."

Whether voters will hold his poetry, or his judgment in using it, against him remains to be seen.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Ÿ Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center St., Nesquehoning; call 570-669-9201.

Ÿ Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lehighton Auto Group, 54 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, call 610-377-1700.

Ÿ Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SS Palmer Elementary School, 298 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, call 610-737-7235.

Ÿ Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Jim Thorpe Market, 1 River Road, Jim Thorpe, call 570-455-2018.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The litany of homes without power weren't the only targets Mother Nature conspired against over the weekend.

The 104th annual Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade that had been scheduled for this past Saturday has been postponed.

But, due to that day's unseasonable storm that dumped multiple inches of snow and rendered countless homes powerless, the event will now be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Saturday's snow storm kept police, firefighters, paramedics and fire police busy clearing trees and other related debris from area roads and off power lines. Pictured are Tamaqua firefighters clearing a fallen tree and branches from SR209 in Tamaqua.

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Evelyn Ahner, 6, of West Phillips Street in Coaldale puts the final touches on her Halloween snowman.

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A sign displays the mixtures of seasons.

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Olivia Brown, 8, and Adam Green, 6, work together on their pumpkin snowman on East Broad Street in Tamaqua.