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Thursday, December 2, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorist escaped serious injury Thursday morning in Summit Hill after encountering a patch of "black ice" on the White Bear hill. The crash occurred at 6:30 a.m. as the driver was traveling north on SR902. The motorist struck a large patch of ice which covered both lanes of the roadway. The vehicle entered the right berm impacting with a dirt embankment causing it to roll onto its roof. Summit Hill police are investigating the incident.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A late-fall storm that whipped through the region Wednesday dumped about 4 inches of rain in some areas, flooded roads and basements and knocked down trees and power lines.

As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, a downed utility pole along Route 895 near a PPL substation left 4,924 customers in East Penn Township without electricity. At the same time in Schuylkill County, power had been restored to 261 customers, with 287 still without electricity, mostly in the Pine Grove area.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Left to right, Jan Scholl and Patreese Ingram, associate professors of agricultural and extension education, gave a presentation of clothes and customs of different cultures at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Monroe County Annual Holiday Program. They showed samples of types of clothing from Japan, India, Korea, Austria/Germany and Africa and of the Muslims and Amish. Scholl is holding a beautiful dashiki robe from Africa and Ingram is wearing a lovely silk sari from India.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania (NAP), a nonprofit foundation created to recognize and retain nurses in Pennsylvania, announces the availability of scholarship funds for individuals pursuing an education in nursing.

The scholarships will be awarded in spring 2011 and are available to be used for tuition, books and or/educational fees for that same term.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Their versatility and caliber of performance will no doubt prove they're far from a one-trick pony.

With three different plays on tap, the Palmerton Area High School Drama Club figures to impress the masses.

The Drama Club will perform "A Night of One Act Plays" tonight at 7 o'clock in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.

Brent Harris, drama coach, said the students have decided to take three completely unrelated plays that each range from 20 to 35 minutes and perform them for the audience.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors and staff members say goodbye to longtime supervisor Maureen Vanek, seated, as she retires from the board. Standing, left to right, are Police Chief Jesse Zimmerman, Supervisors Charles Hosler and Linda DeCindio, Township treasurer/secretary Mary Bubel, and code enforcement officer Dan DeCindio.

Schuylkill Township will be losing a dedicated member of its board of supervisors at the end of this month.

Supervisor Maureen Vanek read her letter of resignation at last night's meeting. Citing health reasons, she said that it has been an honor to serve the residents of the township as their supervisor for 13 years. Prior to that she served as the township's tax collector for 12 years.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A contract was awarded to Wexcon Inc., of Mohrsville, replacing a water line on Wood Street, Cumbola, Blythe Township, by the Schuylkill County commissioners in action taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville. The contract is in the amount of $60,627.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Flash flooding in Hometown yesterday made it difficult for drivers to travel. Quakake Fire Company, Hometown Fire Company, Hometown Fire Police, Rush Township Police and borough workers worked to clear streets and block access to flooded areas. Pictured is a fire hydrant on Wyoming Street.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will mark National Influenza Immunization Week by offering free public influenza vaccination clinics on Dec. 9, 10, and 11 in communities statewide.

Carbon County residents can register to receive a flu vaccine at the Department of Health's Jim Thorpe site, located at 616 North St. The office will hold the three-day clinic from 2 to 7 p.m., Dec 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 10; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 11. Registration is required for vaccines.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Carbon County fire police maintain traffic control after shutting down the entrance to the new Walmart superstore in Mahoning Township due to a major power outage involving parts of East Penn and Mahoning townships.