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Saturday, August 27, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Major Margaret Johnson holds a windable radio as she goes through a disaster supply kit on display at the Tamaqua salvation Army.

When facing the kind of threat posed by a storm the size of Hurricane Irene, two of the biggest problems we face are simply not preparing yourself and lacking common sense.

Hurricanes always carry with them the possibility of strong winds, heavy flooding, power outages, food shortages and evacuations, and Irene's size and strength has the potential to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Simple things like creating an emergency supply kit, a family emergency communications plan and knowing how to prepare and deal with multiple types of disasters can be potential life-savers.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Due to the anticipated inclement weather, the location for the Carbon County Fair volunteer picnic being held to honor volunteers and sponsors at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 has been changed to the Blue Mountain Health System Conference Center, Sixth and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Reservations for volunteers, sponsors and their family members are required and can be made by calling Alicia at 570-325-8685.

There will be food, fun and games. The 2012 fair will be held August 8-12, 2012 on Little Gap Road in Palmerton.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The new school year opens next week at Marian High School, Hometown, principal, Sister Bernard Agnes, IHM announced.

Orientation Day for ninth grade students is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29. Students in grades 10-12 will begin classes on Tuesday, and all students grades 9-12 will report on Wednesday.

The orientation will familiarize the new students with each other, the school and in addition to their teachers, administration, counselor and school staff. Student Council members will be available to assist students throughout the day.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Pennsylvania State Police, in cooperation with municipal Police Departments urge motorists to obey temporary traffic control devices and detours, and to avoid driving through high, fast moving water during extreme weather conditions.

Members of the public can help to reduce flooding conditions by maintaining open storm drains.

Motorists are urged to notify police if they discover a flooded roadway so appropriate resources may be directed to the area promptly.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ron Gower/Times News Josh Smith of Kuss Brothers, Allentown, which supplies tents for some of the vendors at the West End Fair in Gilbert, hammers large stakes into ground holding tents. Smith said he doesn't feel the impending storm Irene will harm the tents, noting they are built to withstand wind speeds of 70 miles per hour.

Vendors were pitching tents, putting together rides, and stocking inventory at stands Friday at the West End Fairgrounds in Gilbert

They know that getting ready for a fair is time consuming, so it has to get done well in advance of the fair's opening.

They also realize a potentially-dangerous hurricane is approaching which could create havoc.

The 90th annual West End Fair is scheduled to open Sunday at 10 a.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Bob Ford/Times News Rafts from Pocono Whitewater Rafting make their way through the Bridal Veil rapid in the Lehigh Gorge State Park Friday afternoon. Boaters were treated to high water levels thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to release water from the Frances E. Walter Dam due to the hravy rain expected tonight and tomorrow from Hurricane Irene.

rgower@tnonline.com

State officials, weather experts, and emergency rescue personnel are issuing stern warnings regarding Hurricane Irene, which is expected to begin impacting our weather this evening.

On Friday, Gov. Tom Corbett declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of the massive storm expected to affect the eastern half of the state especially.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lansford officials approved a business's request for benches outside its store, but asked that the company returns the one bench it took from the borough park without permission.

During Lansford's Borough Council meeting on Wednesday, council members discussed a request, sent by Edward Kanick, owner of Sharpes News Agency on Ridge Street, on Jan. 27, asking that council again address his request to have one or two park benches in front of the store.

Saturday, August 27, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Joe Nihen at original grave stone which is located behind the new military grave stone of Charles Henry Neumiller at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Summit Hill. Neumiller died at age 19. From his 11th Regiment Company H Pennsylvania Volunteers, 340 men were discharged whole out of 1,890 men who served.

Ten years ago, Joe Nihen of Lansford became curious about his family history, and so he drove to his ancestral home to visit his great great grandfather's grave site in Shamokin.

"I found by the epitaph that he served with the 208th Regiment," Nihen said. "I didn't know he was in the Civil War."

That's all he had to go on. "Finding his grave marker in Shamokin started me on a path," Nihen said. "I started looking for information on him, and as I did, I started to find information on the men who served with him."

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Riley McCall

Intuition may have been the most influential factor in Riley McCall's lifetime aspiration regarding service learning.

"I've been day-dreaming about volunteering for the Peace Corps since high school," she said. "My family didn't believe me, but it's true. It (the decision to spend 27 months in Africa) feels so right for me; I am very excited about going there."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Projects at the Lehigh Canal Park are moving along, but the impending storm this weekend has members of the Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission concerned about the damage that could occur to the towpath.

The Commission has not yet finished making repairs from the last high water event that took place in March.

Scott Everett of the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Commission said that a blade (a trail marker) has been installed at the trail head at Weissport and that the aging sign at the entrance also needs replacing.