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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Jack Rader Party: Republican Hometown: Reeders Campaign Expenditures in 2014, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State:  Jack Rader: $32,150 Bipartisan Committee to Elect Jack Rader Jr.: $217,589.85

Republican Jack Rader Jr. and Democrat Hope Smith will vie for the 176th district seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives in Tuesday's general election. Under the new map, the 176th District includes Chestnuthill, Eldred, Jackson, Pocono, Polk, Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock townships and the borough of Mount Pocono.

The Times News asked each candidate the same set of questions. Their answers are printed below.

What will it take to achieve property tax reform in Pennsylvania?

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Russ Pierce's passion for books resulted in Pierce's Used Book Shop, a business he has owned and operated with his wife, Pam,  for 17 years.

If you are a bibliophile (book lover), Pierce's Used Book Shop is a place for you. It is one of the best used book stores in the tri-state area. One visit to its West End Plaza Brodheadsville location and you will agree.

It is covered wall to wall in books, from top to bottom.

The store reflects Russ Pierce's lifelong passion for books. So it's no wonder he still has the first book he ever bought, "Blackbeard's Ghost" from Scholastic Reader in 1967.

"It's in pristine condition," he says.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The newly created 40th state Senate District in Monroe and Northampton counties might not have an official incumbent, but Pennsylvania state Rep. Mario Scavello might be as close as it gets.

The veteran Republican state lawmaker has represented Monroe County in the House for the past 12 years, and he's seeking to parlay that experience and name recognition into a new job with the Senate. His chance came after Republican-friendly redistricting dropped a brand-new district with no incumbent in his own backyard.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Crews working on two Carbon County-owned bridges will have a little more time to finish the projects.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to approve two time extensions for bridge 16 and bridge 17 renovation projects. Bridge 16 is located on Koch Road in Towamensing Township while bridge 17 is the covered bridge along Covered Bridge Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Commissioners' Chairman Wayne Nothstein said the extensions were necessary due to weather and products not being ready in time.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

All families are welcomed to attend the Harlem Rockets Basketball & Comedy Show from 7-8:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville.

This is an interactive family event that will have the kids singing, dancing and in awe of the amazing basketball tricks. Students will be able to cheer for their favorite teachers and administrators as they participate on the celebrity school team "The Pleasant Valley Pride."

Additionally, the Lady Bears Basketball team will be raffling off an amazing door prize.

The concession stand will be open.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that construction on the Route 309 Bridge over Lizard Creek (Snyders Bridge) in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County is now complete.

The project included the replacement of the structurally deficient concrete T-beam Bridge with a new two-span concrete bulb T-beam bridge.

During construction, Route 309 traffic lanes were shifted. There were no long-term lane restrictions for this project.

Deblin Inc. of Mechanicsburg is the general contractor on the $2.7 million project.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Frein

Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt.

Frein, 31, had a bloody gash on the bridge of his nose and a scrape over his left eye as he answered a judge's yes-or-no questions and listened to the complaint detailing the Sept. 12 attack that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside their state police barracks.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else:

The Janet Yellen era.

Officially, Yellen has been Fed chair since February. But the phase-out of the bond-buying stimulus program Yellen inherited from her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, truly marks her inauguration. She can now begin to fully stamp her influence on the central bank.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
larry neff/special to the times news

A Lancaster woman escaped serious injury Friday afternoon when involved in a crash along Route 443.The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. at the intersection with Terrace Lane atop the Clamtown Hill. The woman told West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson she was traveling west when she fell asleep. Her car drifted to the right entering the berm and striking an earth embankment before coming to rest in a field. West Penn Fire Co. No. 1 responded maintaining traffic control at the scene.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS One man lost his life and at least two others were injured in a two-car crash about 5:40 p.m. Friday on Claremont Avenue (Route 309) in the Still Creek section of Rush Township.

One man lost his life and two others were injured in a grinding two-car crash Friday in Rush Township.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township Police, Raymond J. Poreca, 76, Hometown, was killed when his vehicle collided with a car driven by a Lansford woman as Poreca was attempting to exit a parking area on Claremont Avenue (Route 309) just north of Ben Titus Road in Still Creek at 5:40 p.m.